Grading & Classroom Accommodations

◊ Grading of all ESL students may be done in two ways: 1) ELL grade, 2) mainstream grade. The ELL grade is the grade attributed to the student’s class performance compared to standards set by both TESOL and the state of Iowa, which take into consideration the student’s English language proficiency. The mainstream grade is the raw score compared to mainstream classmates. This dual grade is meant to show 1) the student’s performance taking into consideration language proficiency and growth and 2) a goal for the ESL student to see when working toward mainstream classroom standards.

◊ General classroom accommodations include such practices as:
  1. Using more visuals and research-based ELL strategies;
  2. Giving opportunity for peer model to work with ELL;
  3. Checking with the ELL personally on his/her understanding of assignments;
  4. Rephrasing and simplifying instructions, as well as putting them in writing;
  5. Making sure the student knows the context behind any language used;
  6. Allowing extra time on deadlines;
  7. Considering limiting assignments & test questions to essential concepts;
  8. Providing word bank for tests and assignments;
  9. Possible additional content/learning support.