November 2011 Archives

New Study on Hispanic Achievement Paints Stark Picture

The Council of Great City Schools study shows that Hispanic students face longest odds for high school graduation, college- and career-readiness and other factors that shape their schooling experience.


Fla.'s NCLB Waiver Request Tries New Tack With English Learners

The performance of some ELLs and other historically low-performing students would be measured as part of a subgroup called "Lowest-Performing 25%"


America's Newest Immigrants: Who Are They? Where Are They?

Fewer are from Spanish-speaking Latin America and more are settling outside the traditional gateway states such as California and New York.


The 'Revolving Door' Problem in English-Learner Accountability

The ELL subgroup is in a state of constant flux, making it impossible for schools to take credit for the longer-term success of English-learners and to be held accountable when the students struggle.


Feds Press Durham, N.C., Schools to Improve Services to Latino Families

The school system is the latest to reach an agreement on how to improve its practices with the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights.


Study on ELLs In California Is Flawed, Says Advocacy Group

Californians Together offers a critique of the UC Berkeley study that found the state might be identifying too many young children for English-language instruction.


ELLs Not a Major Focus in Leading i3 Proposals

Only a small handful of proposals from likely grantees appear to address needs of English learners


Spanish-Language Resources for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

A new online guide is meant to help Spanish-speaking parents recognize signs of learning disabilities in their children and advocate for them in school.


What Teachers Can Learn from English-Language Learners

Practical advice from ELL students on what helps them learn the language


Nation's Report Card: How ELLs Fared in 2011

Performance changes little for ELLs overall, but rates of exclusion were down from 2009.


Another Civil Rights Probe of ELL Services in Massachusetts

This time, federal civil rights officials are looking into a complaint that Boston charter schools don't enroll or adequately serve English-language learners.


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