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English Language Development Assessment (ELDA)

Subject: English Language Learners
Grade Level(s): 3 – 12
Measures Growth: No
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ELDA (English Language Development Assessment) is a battery of tests designed to measure annual progress in the acquisition of English language proficiency skills among non-native English speaking students in grades 3-12. The battery consists of separate tests for listening, speaking, reading, and writing, at each of three grade clusters: 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 and a separate K-2 Inventory. 

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Summary of Reviews

Overall Rating

 2.71 stars (7 reviews)

 

Aligned to My Instruction

 2.83 stars (7 reviews)

 

PROS

  • Aligned to the standards I teach
    4 votes
  • Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
    3 votes
  • Assesses higher-order thinking
    1 vote
  • Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
    1 vote

CONS

  • Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level
    4 votes
  • Takes students too long to complete
    4 votes
  • Does not assess higher-order thinking
    2 votes
  • Not aligned to the standards I teach
    1 vote

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2.67 stars (7 reviews)

 

PROS

  • Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
    3 votes
  • Easy to administer
    2 votes
  • Data is presented clearly
    2 votes
  • Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve
    1 vote

CONS

  • Results are not returned quickly
    6 votes
  • It is hard to use the data
    3 votes
  • Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher
    3 votes
  • Difficult to administer
    2 votes
  • Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time
    2 votes

Reviews

ELDA needs revision

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2 stars

Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

My experience is with the K-5 portion of the ELDA. The K-2 checklist is difficult to administer and so subjective it cannot be used to show growth. Each year 2nd graders get high scores, because of it's design; but when they take the standardized portion in 3rd grade, they drop a level or two. It shows how invalid the subjective K-2 checklist is.
Also, the 3-5 Speaking test often has culturally-biased items that prevent the student from answering portions. (community gardens-many areas do not have these: newspapers, TV news- non-English homes don't take the newspaper or watch TV news)

Submitted by in Tennessee on June 13, 2013

ESL teacher

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach
Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  It is hard to use the data

Additional Comments

n/a

Submitted by in Valga County on April 22, 2013

ELDA

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

The kindergarten-2 inventory is difficult to use and does not need to be used for kindergarten students as they will be enrolled in the ESL program for a minimum of 2 years.

Submitted by in Tennessee on April 14, 2013

ELDA test

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 2 stars

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2 stars

Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  It is hard to use the data

Additional Comments

This test takes a lot of time to administer since the speaking portion must be administered to each student one-on-one. Results are not returned until after the school year ends. Students who have taken the test multiple times have commented that the test is "the same" each years. The questions are identical.

Submitted by in Tennessee on April 9, 2013

ELDA Review

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 2 stars

Cons: Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

The K-2 portion should be changed from the inventories.

Submitted by in Tennessee on April 22, 2012

ELDA

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 4 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses higher-order thinking  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 4 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly  •  Data I receive helps me understand where I am teaching well and where I need to improve
Cons: Results are not returned quickly

Additional Comments

This test is more representative of what is expected of a second language learner and should count toward the ESL teachers' evaluation instead of the TCAP.

Submitted by in Tennessee on February 1, 2012

CSSSO (ELDA)

Overall Rating

 4 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year  •  Data is presented clearly
Cons: Results are not returned quickly

Additional Comments

ELDA is a very good assessment, however, there is an extremely long waiting period to receive the students' results. You receive them the next school year and hope to be able to place them if they are still enrolled in your school. It is very thorough in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The writing portion is good practice for the TCAP. Security measures are EXTREMELY high.

Submitted by in Tennessee on January 24, 2012

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