Research shows that when bilingual children are provided optimal environments for learning both languages, they are able to develop sizable and deep vocabularies in both languages.
In order to create these optimal environments, it is important to perform accurate assessments in both languages to determine what children know when they begin the school year. Using assessment data, schools can create personalized plans that address the specific gaps of knowledge in both languages and monitor how students are progressing towards their learning goals. It is extremely important to accurately assess ELL and DLL students, as many are mis-categorized and labeled as academically challenged, simply because they cannot express their knowledge in the target language. Little Sponges® offers three types of assessments: diagnostic, formative, and summative. We recommend conducting diagnostic assessment at the beginning of the school term, formative assessments (that are presented as interactive games in each learning unit) during the school year and summative assessments at the end of the school term.
The Little Sponges® diagnostic and formative assessments (see below) are age appropriate and leverage colorful, real-life images and audio to assess students knowledge in their first and second language. These multimedia assessments enable children to go through the assessment on their own and ensure consistency in testing regardless of who administers the assessment. Teachers and/or parents should supervise children who are 4 years old and younger when they take the assessment. It is recommended that students use touch-screen devices to ensure they can click on the correct image. Students in kindergarten and higher grades can take the assessment on their own. This enables teachers to save time by administering the assessment to all students in the class at the same time. Test scores are provided immediately after the student finishes the assessment giving teacher the score representing the percent of questions each student answered correctly. Teachers may use our Assessment Results spreadsheet to record results in the target language(s) at the beginning and end of each year.
Each language track offers 3 assessment levels:
Level 1 Assessment is designed for children in preschool and Pre-K, but can be utilized in older grades for students who are just beginning to learn one of the languages. The 20 questions in this assessment focus on comprehension and letter recognition, testing children’s early language and literacy skills.
Level 2 Assessment is comprised of 25 questions and designed for students in K and higher grades. It assesses students’ understanding of more complex vocabulary and academic topics as well as literacy. Students listen to audio questions and answer them by drawing on their knowledge of academic concepts and vocabulary. Students also answer literacy questions by reading sight words and matching them to correct visuals.
Level 3 Assessment is 30 questions and designed for students in first and second grade who have been learning two languages for at least 2-3 years. It assesses children’s ability to read in the target language and tests their comprehension of age appropriate academic content and vocabulary.
These assessments are aligned with educational standards and Little Sponges® curriculum. Students who use Little Sponges® program for the whole school year are expected to score 90-100% on age appropriate assessment at the end of the school year in both languages.
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