Academic Vocabulary

Strategies for Boosting Test Scores 24.7%


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According to the study done by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, using a word to word dictionary as testing accommodations for English Language Learners shows testing improvement of 0.247 mean. (24.7% improvement)*. The study showed that the use of a bilingual word to word dictionary can help boost test scores if students are taught how to use the dictionary effectively.  In the United States students in grades 3 to 12 are required to participate in the testing program.

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Tips for Teaching Academic Vocabulary

March 05, 2013 0 comments, on

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At a very basic level we define academic vocabulary as the vocabulary that is critical for students to understand the concepts of the content taught in schools.  It is vocabulary that supports student comprehension of instructional content.

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Assessment, Evidence, Analysis, Constitutional, Aspect


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Assessment, Evidence, Analysis, Constitutional, Aspect.  These are the top five choices voted for the 2011 Academic Word of Year as of November 1, 2011. More than 500 votes have been cast so far, and surprisingly, “Assessment” is the top voted choice so far.

 

For today’s ESL educators, assessment is strongly associated with NCLB and the state standardized tests. But in reality, the word only entered education jargon after 1956. 

 

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Why Loreto Aliaga Salas Thinks “Awareness” Should Be the 2011 Academic Word of the Year

October 18, 2011 0 comments, on AWOY2011, Academic Vocabulary

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a·ware·ness [uh-wair-nis]

noun
the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness

 

In the U.S., NCLB mandates, budget cuts, and ever-present job insecurity have created a school culture filled with hyper-stressed and over-worked educators - ones who often have student assessment at the forefront of their minds.
 

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Which Academic Vocabulary Word Should Students Learn in 2011?

October 03, 2011 0 comments, on AWOY2011, Academic Vocabulary

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Academic vocabulary has been the buzzword in education lately. Experts agree that teaching academic vocabulary is crucial for students to access content, especially for our nation’s growing ESL population. The issue then isn’t whether to teach academic vocabulary – nearly all educators agree on its importance - but which words to focus on with teachers already so pressed for time.

 

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