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NIFL-ASSESSMENT 2005: [NIFL-ASSESSMENT:915] RE: separate rubric

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From: Howard Dooley (
Date: Thu Feb 17 2005 - 11:06:35 EST

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I, too, am interested in the question of separate rubrics for ESOL and
ABE/ASE learners.  At my program we don't differentiate, and the
simplified reason is that we don't hold learners to different standards.
Our instructors see "good writing" as "good writing" whoever is doing
the writing.

Of course, at the lower levels of the rubric, one can usually
distinguish the native born speakers and writers from the ESOL speakers
and writers by the type of errors and issues in the writing.  But, does
that mean there should be a different rubric, or qualifiers, or
descriptors for ESOL learners?

Is separate inherently unequal, or it is appropriate and necessary to
facilitate learning?

Howard L. Dooley, Jr.
Director of Accountability, Project RIRAL

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