Duane Campbell of Choosing Democracy blog argues that it would be unfair for teachers of English-language learners to be evaluated according to how their students perform on standardized tests because those tests aren't valid and reliable for that group of students.
In a blog post on the Room for Debate blog of the New York Times, "Frustrated Early Childhood Teacher" characterizes some teacher coursework offered by education schools as "laughable."
A teacher in the West Contra School District in Richmond, Calif., expresses concern that, because of budget cuts, class sizes will grow in her district. About one-third of students in the district are ELLs.
Mainstream elementary and secondary education teachers are much more likely to get training through traditional teacher-preparation courses focused on students with disabilities than on English-language learners, a Government Accountability Office study released today says.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board has approved the request of the Academia Bilingue de la Comunidad, a bilingual charter school in the District of Columbia, to give up its charter. That means it won't operate this school year. A press release from the charter school board said the school had low enrollment, which translated into financial troubles. Without that school and three others that closed in D.C. over the past school year, the charter board oversees 56 public charters. But the nation's capital still has six bilingual charter schools (two of them are for adults), according to ...
California has released its test scores for 2009. Both in math and English, more ELLs scored at or above "proficient" than in the previous year.
Juan Sepulveda, the director of the White House Initiative on Hispanic Americans, is in California this week, speaking and listening about how to improve education for Latinos.
The San Diego Teachers Union is concerned that a proposal for bilingual education recently approved by the district's board of education will mean more work for teachers, according to Voice of San Diego.org.
U.S. Rep. Michael M. Honda, a Democrat from California, has introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that would increase federal funding for English-language instruction. The bill has also been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York.
A series of videos and stories about the children of immigrants in California, produced by News21 at the University of Southern California, tells about how the children of some farm workers are extremely motivated to do well in school and have become professionals.