The principal of Valley High School in Las Vegas says his school's graduation rate of 55 percent is inaccurate. One reason for the inaccuracy, he says, is that many of his school's students are Mexicans who go back and forth across the border, and are hard to track.
The unintended consequences of high-stakes testing and accountability systems for English-language learners outweigh any benefits that standardized tests might have for such students, argue Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Corola Suarez-Orozco in an online editorial for the New York Times.
Juan Sepulveda, the director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, is taking an 18-state tour to hold a series of "community conversations" about Hispanic education.
A study in Germany found that if immigrant kids go to kindergarten, they are 25 percent more likely to take a pre-college track in education, according to Newsweek.
Larry Ferlazzo has created a new blog about engaging parents in schools and will also soon publish a book on that topic.
Cafe Latino Lifestyle Magazine takes a look at different kinds of bilingual education programs at private and public schools in the Chicago area.
A state appeals court has ruled that California can stick with English in testing English-language learners for accountability purposes under the No Child Left Behind Act. Nine school districts sued the state over the English-only testing issue in 2005.
A high school in Las Vegas that was named a high-achieving turnaround school by the state of Nevada has a graduation rate of 55 percent. Sixty percent of the school's 2,800 students are Hispanic.
In a speech to the National Council of La Raza, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urges Hispanic parents to take after the mother of Sonia Sotomayor and help create more of a college-going culture in the Hispanic community.
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.