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Standards that all students must meet, regardless of language proficiency level or ability.
Bias that occurs when cultural backgrounds of diverse students are not considered.
Bias resulting from differences in attitudes toward a particular language or dialect.
Assessments that are linked both to the instruction delivered in the classroom and to real-world activities.
Prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
Validity obtained when assessment results are used to improve both learning and teaching by responding to student needs with criterion-referenced tests that are scored on the mastery of specified criteria or content.
Validity resulting from a match between assessment purpose and classroom instruction.
Tests designed to determine how well students have learned specific material taught in a course or at a particular grade level.
A predisposition in favor of the cultural majority group and against minority groups.
Knowledge of facts (names, dates, characteristics) as typically measured on standardized tests.
Standards based on each student's individual growth in language and content skills.
Assigning separate scores for language and content on content-area work samples.
Models or examples of excellent work, for instance, a well-structured paragraph that contains a topic sentence, sentences providing supporting details, and a concluding sentence.
Ongoing assessment of academic progress to help teachers gather information about students' strenghts and weaknesses in order to redirect instruction and provide students with valuable feedback to help them learn.
Level of agreement reached between raters scoring the same work sample or student performance.
Bias resulting from established test norms with one cultural or linguistic group and then using the test with a different group.
Determines how a student's test score compares to the scores of other students who took the test.
A test or investigation that requires students to demonstrate mastery of content or skills by performing a task or creating a product, in contrast to the more traditional criterion-referenced assessment instruction.
Knowledge of processes, how to do something with reliability. This term refers to the degree of consistency with which as assessment provides information about a student.
The degree of consistency of the assessment measure in producing the same result with the same student in different testing settings or at different points in time or when being evaluated by different teachers or raters.
Reducing the lingustic deman of instructional and assessment materials so that students can show what they know.
Guides that can help teachers focus on matching student performance to the established criteria rather than on comparing students to each other. They can also help teachers evaluate each student's word using the same standards, rather than having higher expectations for some students and lower expectations for others.
A form of bias that is present when equally able groups perform differently on the same test.
The degree to which a test measures what it is intended to measure or the accuracy of the interpretation of test scores.
Typically given to students at the end of a unit or grading period, they are designed to determine what students have learned about a particular topic or a range of topics.

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What is a crossword?

Crossword puzzles have been published in newspapers and other publications since 1873. They consist of a grid of squares where the player aims to write words both horizontally and vertically.

Next to the crossword will be a series of questions or clues, which relate to the various rows or lines of boxes in the crossword. The player reads the question or clue, and tries to find a word that answers the question in the same amount of letters as there are boxes in the related crossword row or line.

Some of the words will share letters, so will need to match up with each other. The words can vary in length and complexity, as can the clues.

Who is a crossword suitable for?

The fantastic thing about crosswords is, they are completely flexible for whatever age or reading level you need. You can use many words to create a complex crossword for adults, or just a couple of words for younger children.

Crosswords can use any word you like, big or small, so there are literally countless combinations that you can create for templates. It is easy to customise the template to the age or learning level of your students.

How do I create a crossword template?

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How do I choose the clues for my crossword?

Once you’ve picked a theme, choose clues that match your students current difficulty level. For younger children, this may be as simple as a question of “What color is the sky?” with an answer of “blue”.

Are crosswords good for students?

Crosswords are a great exercise for students' problem solving and cognitive abilities. Not only do they need to solve a clue and think of the correct answer, but they also have to consider all of the other words in the crossword to make sure the words fit together.

If this is your first time using a crossword with your students, you could create a crossword FAQ template for them to give them the basic instructions.

Can I print my crossword template?

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Can I create crosswords in other languages?

Crosswords are a fantastic resource for students learning a foreign language as they test their reading, comprehension and writing all at the same time. When learning a new language, this type of test using multiple different skills is great to solidify students' learning.

We have full support for crossword templates in languages such as Spanish, French and Japanese with diacritics including over 100,000 images, so you can create an entire crossword in your target language including all of the titles, and clues.