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AIS Professional Development
Evaluation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: A Nondiscriminatory Assessment Framework for All Practitioners Webinar

AIS Professional Development

Academic Performance

Important Session Information:

This workshop with Dr. Sam Ortiz will present (across 2 sessions- 7/7/21 and 7/12/21) current research on language, cognitive, and academic development and their application to evaluation within a comprehensive, research-based framework for generating valid data to support conclusions and decisions regarding the presence or absence of various types of disorders with culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Participants will be given instruction covering the implementation of evaluation procedures in a step-by-step manner for adequately measuring various abilities, guidelines for evaluating the validity of test scores, rules governing the selection and use of scores generated via testing in English vs. the native language, and specific guidance via case study examples that illustrate application and use of research-based methods and nondiscriminatory tools and procedures. Main topics include: issues in first and second language acquisition; understanding bias in testing; problems regarding test score validity; how typical methods fail in establishing test score validity; use of a broad, comprehensive framework for evaluation that can be utilized by any practitioner regardless of bilingual capability, use of the Culture-Language Interpretive Matrix in evaluating exclusionary factors, and integration of the Ortiz PVAT for valid measurement of vocabulary and general language acquisition. The knowledge and skills gained will be useful to practitioners at all levels and provides a solid base for engaging in evaluation of English learners that constitutes defensible and current best practices.

Workshop Learning Objectives: In general, participants will be able to--
1)    Explain the advantages and limitations of traditional approaches to evaluation of individuals from diverse backgrounds including alteration or modifications in test administration, use of nonverbal tests, and native language evaluation procedures.
2)    Evaluate current research in the evaluation of the extent to which the validity of various assessment approaches and test results are undermined by cultural and linguistic factors.
3)    Apply the basic steps and process involved in conducting comprehensive and systematic evaluation of culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
4)    Utilize the contemporary, evidence-based for addressing exclusionary criteria in evaluation and establishing valid scores for measurement of language development.
5)    Interpret standardized test and other data in a nondiscriminatory manner.
6)    Conduct evaluations that meet best practice standards with ELs regardless of bilingual capability.


Upon completion of your Connect20 registration for this session, you will receive an automated confirmation message with the link and information for joining virtually via Zoom. If you do not receive this message, please first check your spam/junk folder and if you are still unable to located the message contact Amanda Real at

Registration ends at 12:00 AM on Monday, July 12, 2021

Session ID:
Credits Available:
(6) CPE - TEA Provider #015950
Seats Available:
Contact Person:
Amanda Real
Amanda Real
Sam Ortiz
Date Time Location
7/7/2021 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM Other, Region 20 ESC District - Zoom Meeting2
7/12/2021 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Other, Region 20 ESC District - Zoom Meeting2
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AIS Professional Development
30 sessions

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