April 2011 Archives

The U.S. Department of Education is a year and two months past the deadline stated in the No Child Left Behind Act to submit to Congress a two-year evaluation of programs for English-language learners backed with federal funds.


New York has not yet set targets for the enrollment and retention of ELLs for charter schools in the state.


The month of May will bring two webinars with discussions that touch on how school districts can implement the common core state standards for English-language learners.


An inquiry by Montana's attorney general of the Central Asia Institute's finances will give us more details about whether children's pennies have gone for peace or a less worthy purpose.


Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is expected to sign a bill approved by the Maryland legislature that gives undocumented students in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities, according to Stateline.


Tucson Unified School District likely won't get a determination from Arizona education officials about whether its Mexican-American studies program complies with state law until mid-May.


A graduate student in public policy at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee argues in a commentary that it's not a good idea, or constitutional, for a school to require parents to provide a social security number when enrolling their children in school.


In their final notice calling for consortia of states to apply for federal funds to create English-language-proficiency tests aligned with the common-core academic standards, federal officials say applicants will get extra points if they have at least 15 states as members, but they won't be disqualified if they don't.


A study of the Los Angeles Unified School District has found that English-language learners who attended full-day kindergarten were much less likely to be retained before 2nd grade than such students who attended half-day kindergarten in the same school district.


New York state has made some changes in its education law aiming to spur charter schools to recruit and enroll more English-language learners.


When it comes to educational outcomes for children who have at least one immigrant parents, boys are doing better than girls.


A software company that makes online supplementary learning materials for English-language learners will host a webinar about how to use a framework of response to intervention with English-language learners on April 21.


Decoding words doesn't play as large of a role in how Cantonese-speaking children living in the United States learn to read English as it does for children who speak only English at home or English-language learners who speak Spanish at home, according to a new study.


A new study from the University of Georgia shows that if test developers include graphics with math items that are relevant to the question asked, they can partly close the performance gap on those test items between English-proficient students and English-language learners.


EdWeek will host a free web chat today from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time with Larry Ferlazzo, a high school teacher in Sacramento, Calif., on how to help students motivate themselves.


The last of three "national conversations" about ELL policy planned by the office of English-language acquisition of the U.S. Department of Education has been postponed.


The proportion of Latino 4-year-olds enrolling in preschool grew dramatically through the 1990s and up until 2005, but it declined between 2005 and 2009.


Researchers for a federal study took a look at six southeastern states and found they have six different sets of (very complicated) goals for English-language learners.


A new English-Learning Carnival has been published online.


Edynn Y. Sato, English-language learner testing expert at WestEd, will serve as a new technical adviser for the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium.


The two consortia creating content tests as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative are beginning to take small steps to consider the needs of English-language learners.


Bigwigs in the field of research and federal policy for English-language learners are meeting today in the nation's capital to review the current state of ELL research and plan what research questions are most crucial to answer for the education of such students.


Larry Ferlazzo, author of a book on how teachers can help students motivate themselves, will be a guest for a live chat at Education Week on that subject on April 12.


A new study by Western Michigan University researchers is the second study I've written about this school year that has found the KIPP network of charter schools enrolls a smaller proportion of English-language learners and special education. students than the school districts they draw from.


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