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"When I first started working with complete beginners for the first time, I taught in English, interacted in English, assessed in English, and provided feedback in English. No wonder my students struggled so much in my class. I wish I had this guide to help me rethink how I assess language learners who are literate in their home language. Margo has been leading our field for decades now, and with this work she continues to help us shift our thinking about how we assess with an asset-based approach.
"At its core, Classroom Assessment in Multiple Languages: Engaging Educators, English Learners, and Other Multilingual Learners puts forth a vision of assessment for multilingual learners that is collaborative, inclusive, and most importantly equitable. Dr. Gottlieb not only presents a comprehensive guide to align assessment, curriculum and instruction but her vision of this process honors the voices, as well as the linguistic and cultural assets that students bring to learning.
"At long last, a book on K-12 assessment that takes an honest and comprehensive look at how the assessment needs of multilingual learners differ from those of monolingual learners. Gottlieb, building on a lifetime of wisdom regarding assessment for language learners, provides insightful, practical, and accessible advice for teachers and school leaders. She shares an abundance of tools and resources for putting responsibility for learning and reflection into the hands of teachers and school leaders and, most importantly, into the hands of the multilingual students themselves.
"Colleague Margo Gottlieb shows us what can be done when we truly challenge our monolingual biases in favor of creating schools where the multilingual identities of our richly diverse student and family communities are truly honored and valued. She adeptly moves us away from measuring students’ successes and failures based on their performance on high stakes tests to assessing the uniqueness of their strengths and capacities as they engage in classroom-based projects, performances, and products.
"There are strong cultural, academic, and linguistic arguments for a pluralistic approach to working with bi/multilingual learners. While such an approach has been conceptualized by many for curriculum and pedagogy, the domain of assessment has proven to be more difficult. In this book, Margo Gottlieb addresses this gap in the field from a theoretical and practical perspective. She challenges all educators, including those who consider themselves monolingual or may speak languages other than those of their students, to approach assessment through a multilingual lens.
"This book is a powerful and very needed resource in today’s multilingual learning spaces. Gottlieb demonstrates the importance of maintaining an asset-based lens while empowering educators to continue to fight for equity. This resource is unlike other professional books about assessment as it offers multidimensionality as we've never seen it- by leveraging our student's linguistic assets and using assessment for, of, and as learning.
"Margo Gottlieb’s Assessing Learning in Multiple Languages is a relevant and responsive book that challenges the monolingual bias of assessment in the United States. Full of scenarios and dispelling of myths, Gottlieb provides both theoretical underpinnings and practical strategies for multilingual assessment, which allows educators to be agents of assessment change in their own contexts.