June 2011 Archives

Since I'll be on vacation through July 8, please don't look for new post on this blog until the week of July 11.


Senate Democrats and members of the Obama Administration made a pitch for passage of the DREAM Act at a hearing today before the Senate judiciary committee.


CTB/McGraw-Hill announced this week it has a digital version of its English-proficiency test. But will it be able to keep its market share with ELL tests?


Education Week provides links to summaries of applications submitted by California and Wisconsin to receive federal funds to create English-language-proficiency tests.

The courage of several undocumented students who walked from Miami to Washington last year to push for passage of the DREAM Act inspired Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Vargas admitted he is undocumented in an essay published in the New York Times.


Three years after Arizona required that school districts provide all English-language learners with four hours of instruction each day in English skills, nearly two-thirds of districts have not fully implemented the program, according to a state report.


The rate of immigration accelerated in the United States over the 1990s but has been level since 2000, a demographer said this morning at a forum hosted by the University of Southern California.


The conclusion by an audit of the Mexican-American studies program in Tucson Unified School District contradicts the determination by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal on whether the program is out of compliance with a state law.


The debate over whether bilingual education or English-only instruction is more effective for ELLs doesn't seem to dominate the field as it did in the middle of the last decade, I realized while updating an issues brief for EdWeek.


A software company is offering a free webinar this month that will focus on brain research and language acquisition as well as provide information on how English-language learners in an Indiana school district have used the company's software.


John Huppenthal, Arizona's superintendent of public instruction, has determined that the Mexican-American studies at Tucson Unified School District are violating a state law banning courses in public schools that advocate ethnic solidarity.


A bilingual educator writing a guest blog post at Voice of San Diego says that students can benefit from instruction that lets them know what does and doesn't transfer from their first language to English.


New York State has decided to revamp its existing English-language-proficiency test, used only in that state, to align with the states' academic common core standards for the 2012-13 school year.


Alabama's governor Robert Bentley, a Republican, signed a law yesterday that requires schools to determine the immigration status of students.


Boston's English High School, which has a lot of immigrant students and ELLs, is set to host a high-ranking U.S. Department of Education official for its commencement speech tomorrow.


The National Center for Family Literacy will host a free webinar on Monday, June 13, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Eastern time, that will launch free online resources to help parents with limited schooling support their children to go to college.


Targeted efforts to reduce the number of Latinos dropping out of high school have apparently paid off, according to data released by the U.S. Census.


Maryland and Montana are the latest two states to have become members of the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment consortium and will begin administering the consortium's English-language-proficiency test next school year.


California and Wisconsin have each formed a consortium with other states and applied for the full $10.7 million available in a grant competition to create English-language-proficiency tests for the states' common-core academic standards.


The U.S. Supreme Court justices have chosen not to review a challenge to the California Supreme Court's decision that it's okay for the state's colleges and universities to provide in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants.


Peer pressure can influence children who are bilingual to reject using their home language, writes researcher François Grosjean.


A California 5th grader's poem about her grandfather, an immigrant from China, has been selected as the winning entry for the "Celebrate America" contest sponsored by the American Immigration Council.


Fourteen language programs authorized by the Higher Education Opportunity Act were cut by 40 percent in the fiscal 2011 budget.


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