Read Oregon: An Oregon Collaborative for Improvement of Literacy

formerly known as CREADE
Collaborative Reading Education And Distance Education

ONLINE COURSE (Blackboard)

READ 575: Literacy Assessment of ELL Students (3 credits)
Spring 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Fall 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Fall 2013: 09/30/13 12/13/13

Dr. Brandon Monroe, Eastern Oregon University

This course will provide students with a firm foundation in second language assessment. This will include, but not be limited to, an understanding of the various assessment techniques for use in the classroom as well as the use of published tests for the purposes of placement and monitoring of ELL students.
PREREQUISITES It is assumed that all participants in this course have access to a K-12 classroom with some ELL learners where they can conduct observations as well as incorporate the reading assessment strategies discussed in this class.
Textbook readings with posted reflections; posting to whole class discussion forums; providing feedback to other learners; resource review; review of 3 research articles on ELL topic/issue.
STANDARDS This course supports the following International Reading Association's 2010 revised Standards for Reading Professionals:
1.1 Candidates understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivational, and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
1.3 Candidates understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students' reading development and achievement.
3.1 Candidates understand types of assessments and their purposes, strengths, and limitations.
3.2 Candidates select, develop, administer, and interpret assessments, both traditional print and electronic, for specific purposes.
3.3 Candidates use assessment information to plan and evaluate instruction.
4.1 Candidates recognize, understand, and value the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning to read and write.
5.2 Candidates design a social environment that is low risk and includes choice, motivation, and scaffolded support to optimize students' opportunities for learning to read and write.
Upon completion of this course, participants will demonstrate:
  1. Knowledge of scoring and evaluating different types of assessment instruments
  2. Knowledge of the different methods for assessing progress of ELL students
  3. Ability to develop assessment instruments for the basic skills in language: reading, writing, and oral
  4. Knowledge and understanding of the current issues in assessment of ELL students today
  5. Knowledge of federal guidelines and laws pertaining to ELL student identification and evaluation
CORE/ELECTIVE This graduate course can be used to fulfill 3 required credits in the Literacy for Diverse Learners thematic areas in the Literacy Foundations thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program or the 12-credit Literary Education program. It can also fulfill 3 required credits in the Literacy Assessment thematic area in the 24-credit Reading Endorsement program. The course may also be used for elective credits or for individual professional development. Please consult an advisor at your home institution about adding this course to your program.
INSTRUCTOR Dr. Brandon Monroe, Associate Professor, College of Education. Eastern Oregon University. (BS & M. ED, University of North Dakota; Ph. D., University of Washington)
Classroom teachers with ELL students and those seeking a Reading Endorsement.
Students should expect to spend approximately 9 hours per week for 10 weeks in course-related activities (e.g., reading the text and course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing classroom-based assignments and final project). This course is online and does not require in-person attendance. Assignments are completed on the learner's time schedule and are due as posted.
TEXTBOOK Textbook(s) are required for this course. You will find the textbook listed in the syllabus that is posted online at the EOU website or you may contact the instructor. For most classes, the EOU Bookstore will be a source for the textbook.
COST No ReadOregon course will cost more than $359 per credit for students in the ReadOregon program.
CONTACT For more details on this course, please contact Dr. Monroe at


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