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Hearings Will Look at How ELLs Are Tested on NAEP

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Over at Curriculum Matters, my colleague Sean Cavanagh reports that public hearings have been scheduled for Jan. 30 and Feb. 4 to discuss how ELLs and students with disabilities are tested on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. The first hearing will be in El Paso, Texas. The second will be held in Washington, D.C.

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I am concerned that the mountain of data being collected on "educational progress" is based almost solely on standardized test scores, and no other more holistic evaluations of students and their development. There is so much teaching to the test out there, how can this sort of shallow, multiple-choice testing, that cannot possibly be testing the need process skills of the 21st Century, be a true evaluation of students' capabilities?

Cooper Zale

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