August 2010 Archives

Blogging will be light until after Labor Day.


The National Council of La Raza has introduced a series of information briefs about the quality of nutrition provided in Latino families. It looks at both hunger and obesity.


Minnesota has joined the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium, bringing the total of states adopting the consortium's English-language proficiency test to 23 plus the District of Columbia.


Five proposed new charter schools in the Boston area hold promise for English-language learners, says an editorial published in the Boston Globe


A federal judge ruled yesterday that two Arizona universities had to partially comply with a subpoena for a federal court case asking them to turn over data associated with research studies on Arizona's approach to educating English-language learners.


English-language learners in high school need a separate, dedicated class for English-language development in addition to a class to learn the regular English-language-arts standards for their grade level, argue two experts on such students in a guide published by the California Department of Education


Readers, what's the practice in your school, district, or state? Is the home-language survey typically given to all students or just a subset of students?


English-language learners in a Texas school district were found to have more pride in achievement and higher perceptions of their educational opportunities than ELLs in an Arizona school district, a study says.


A woman who just earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Iowa explored in her dissertation a perplexing question: why don't English-language learners do as well on ability tests as students who are fluent in the language, even when the tests are nonverbal?


Researchers who prepared studies they hope to be used during an evidentiary hearing for a long-running federal court case regarding Arizona's approach to educating English-language learners are upset that they're being asked to turn over confidential information associated with those studies.


Undocumented immigrants are more likely than either legal immigrants or adults born in the United States to live in a household with a spouse and a child or children, the Pew Hispanic Center says in a report today.


Experts on the education of English-language learners will be on hand at a conference in September to discuss how the common core standards can be implemented appropriately for such students.


How can federal and state laws support schooling for Native Americans that is relevant and engaging will be one of the topics of a Web chat scheduled today for 3 p.m., Eastern time.


The school board of South Brunswick, N.J., has decided to close school for two Islamic holidays.


More than half the grants from the federal Investing in Education, or i3, fund will serve English-language learners and students with disabilities, according to a federal official.


The enrollment of adults in English-as-a-second-language classes rose modestly in the South from 2005 to 2008, the Southern Regional Education Board says in a report released today.


How state and federal policy can support the teaching of Native American culture and language is bound to be one of the themes in next week's live web chat on improving education for Native American students.


Tom Horne, Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction, has told the superintendent of Arizona's Tucson Unified School District that he will announce a withholding of 10 percent of the district's funds as soon as a new law goes into effect that bans classes designed for a particular ethnic group.


An article published by edweek.org tells how it happened that some English-language learners in four urban school districts didn't get the services to learn English they are entitled to under federal law.


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