The three top ways that federal stimulus funds are being used to improve schooling for English-language learners are to improve the quality of teachers, step up services at the middle and high school levels, and increase instructional time through after-school or summer programs, according to a survey conducted by the ELL Working Group.
The blogging has been light this week because I've been taking some days off work.
Representatives of education organizations attending a public hearing on how best to include English-language learners and students with disabilities in the National Assessment of Educational Progress this week expressed support for the ELL policies proposed by the test's governing board.
Yesterday, President Obama visited a charter school in Madison, Wis., where 39 percent of students are English-language learners.
The governing board for the National Assessment of Educational Progress will hold a public hearing on Monday about including of English-language learners and students with disabilities on the test.
In his latest move to try to get Tucson Unified School District to halt offering ethnic studies, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction has commissioned a study looking at the test scores of students who take the ethnic studies compared with Hispanics in the state who don't.
Of immigrants living in the United States who are age 25 and older, only 27.1 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2008, according to facts put together by the Migration Policy Institute.
New Mexico has joined 19 states and the District of Columbia in adopting the most popular English-language-proficiency test in the nation, ACCESS for ELLs.
Ruby Takanishi, co-editor of a new book titled Immigration, Diversity, and Educationtells New America Media that in the Obama administration, "immigrant children are not on anybody's agenda, except in a negative way."
Among students in Los Angeles Unified School District who are classified as English-language learners, 29 percent are not reclassified as fluent in English by the 8th grade.