March 2010 Archives

Free Webinar About RTI and ELLs

The National Center for Response to Intervention is hosting a free Webinar April 29 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time on how to apply RTI to English-learners.

Feds Start Civil Rights Review of Boston's ELL Programs

The federal government has started a review of whether Boston's programs for English-learners comply with federal civil rights law.

ELL Gurus Have Their Say on the Next ESEA

A group of nationally known researchers of English-language learners release detailed recommendations for the provisions for such students in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Webcast Today on How to Rebuild Haiti's Schools

Global Nomads Group is hosting an hour-long Webcast today from Port-au-Prince, scheduled to start at noon, Eastern time, featuring Haitian youths and relief workers who are trying to rebuild schools in Haiti.

Exclusion Rates for ELLs From NAEP Are All Over the Map

Curriculum Matters notes that exclusion rates for English-learners and students with disabilities differ widely from state to state.

Federal Appeals Court Reverses Order on ELLs in Texas

A federal appeals court has reversed a July 2009 ruling by a U.S district court that Texas must revamp its programs for secondary English-language learners because they violate federal law.

WIDA: The Little Consortium That Grew

The World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment, or WIDA, consortium is trying to have more say over how publishers create curricular materials aligned with its English-proficiency standards.

Feds Add New Categories for Civil Rights Reporting

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that for the 2009-10 school year, school districts will have to collect data in a number of new categories that relate to students' civil rights.

What to Do About Older Immigrant Students?

How best to meet the needs of older immigrant or refugee youths is an issue in many communities.

Iraqis in El Cajon: A Glimpse at U.S. Refugee Policy

Iraqi refugee parents in El Cajon, Calif., are generally happy with U.S. schools. But many can't find work to support their families and have gone on welfare.

A Commentary and Three Books on Language Policy

A commentary and three books have different prescriptions for what kind of state and federal language polices are best for English-learners.

Free Webinar March 17 on Including ELLs in State Tests

Rebecca Kopriva, a specialist in ELL testing, will be a presenter in a free Webinar held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time this Wednesday, March 17.

Hakuta: Common Standards Are 'Silent' on Some ELL Issues

States will need to supplement the common standards with English-language-proficiency standards aligned to them and provide professional development and materials geared toward helping ELLs attain them.

Education Week Wins Multimedia 1st Prize for ELL Profiles

The award from the Education Writers Association is for online profiles of English-language learners.

On Day 2 of Better Enforcing Civil Rights Laws ...

Federal officials plan to investigate whether the Los Angeles Unified School District is providing a fair education to English-language learners.

NAEP Will Test ELLs Who Have Been in U.S. for a Year

The governing board of the National Assessment of Educational Progress has approved a policy saying that states should include ELLs in testing who have been in the United States for one year.

Set to Come: Federal Guidance on ELLs With Disabilities

The federal government expects to put out guidance on the civil rights of English-language learners who have disabilities and ELLs who are gifted.

Ed. Department Plans to Step Up Civil Rights Enforcement

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan plans to give a speech today promising to invigorate enforcement of civil rights laws in U.S. schools.

Native Americans Ask Feds To Help Keep Languages Alive

Native Americans asked federal lawmakers to help keep Native American languages alive during a "listening session" hosted by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs this week.

Race to Top Finalists Include 3 of 5 Top ELL States

Three of the five states with the most English-learners in this country were selected by the U.S. Department of Education as finalists for the $4 billion Race to the Top competition.

Arne Duncan: Revamping of ELL Tests Is a Difficult Issue

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says that how to revamp tests for English-learners and students with disabilities might be the toughest issue that needs to be tackled with reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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