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Summer Reading From the LEP Partnership

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The U.S. Department of Education has posted descriptions of some of the guides it expects to have ready this summer for states to better include English-language learners in large-scale testing. The guide for native language assessments, for example, is expected to answer such questions as "When do the numbers justify the cost?" and "What states have the most experience in using native language assessments?" More information from the Education Department on the LEP Partnership, an initiative of the federal government to help states on testing issues for English-language learners, is available here.

Also, see my March 15, 2007, post "Who's Who in the LEP Partnership."

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I have concerns regarding my daughter's progress as an ELL student. She arrived in the US at age 10. She is now 13. She has taken her school's achievement tests (the Stanford 9)both in March of 2006 and March of 2007. In the year between these two assessments, her reading vocabulary improved by a 1.0 grade level but her reading comprehension improved by only a .5 grade level. I have requested testing from the special education department, but they have agreed to evaluate my daughter only in the area of math reasoning. My daughter has been in the US educational system for 3 years and 3 months. They said testing in language related areas should not take place until she has been here for 7 years!
I am concerned. Is my daughter's rate of growth in reading comprehension appropriate given her circumstances?
Thank you in advance for your advice.

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