The U.S. Department of Education wants to loosen a requirement that school districts must make adequate yearly progress goals for two years in a row in order to apply to the $650 innovation grants competition under the American Recovery and Investment Act.
In a report released this week, the United States Government Accountability Office says that the health, education, and labor departments of the federal government need to do a better job of sharing information and working together in providing English classes for adults. The authors of the report aim to describe federal and state funding for English-as-a-second-language classes and the classes' availability and quality, but they find gaps in information that is available for other areas of education. For one, the three federal agencies that provide funding for ESL classes do not collect data on participation of adults in English-learning courses ...
The Clark County School District in Las Vegas, which has many English-language learners, met adequate yearly progress goals overall under the No Child Left Behind Act in 2007 and 2008 but announced last week it failed to make AYP in 2009.
News and report releases about ELLs or immigrants didn't stop while I was on a two-week vacation. Here are a few noteworthy items: —National Public Radio featured Francisco Ruiz, an English-as-a-second-language teacher at Boston's English High School who tries to steer his students away from what he calls a "culture of excess": rap music, baggie jeans, short skirts, and a fixation on sports heroes. —Pew Hispanic Center released a report that shows that the flow of immigration from Mexico to the United States has slowed in the last three years, but there aren't any signs that Mexican-born immigrants are increasingly...
Malay-only will be the rule in Malaysia's math and science classes.
I'm taking a vacation and will take a break from blogging until Monday, July 27....
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks public input on a new set of standards for "teachers of English as a new language." The window for comment is July 13-26.
Hawaii joins 18 other states and the District of Columbia in deciding to use the English-language-proficiency test most commonly used by states: Access for ELLs.
A task force of the Council on Foreign Relations endorses the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or "Dream" Act, in its recommendations for comprehensive immigration reform.
Prince George's County school system in Maryland is laying off some of its bilingual parent liaisons, who were placed in schools to help boost parent involvement.