The Austin, Texas, school board approved a plan for the district to use some of its federal stimulus funds to benefit English-language learners.

A Washington Post reporter and photographer visit command central for scoring Virginia's portfolio tests in Fairfax County. The tests are used for ELLs and students with disabilities.

What I like best about this article from the Washington Post about how English-language learners from two different schools take a fishing trip together every year is the story about how the annual event got started. Two decades ago, an English-as-a-second-language teacher at Bethesda Elementary School in Maryland had a student who had lived and survived in the jungles of Cambodia with his family for two years. She took her class of ELLs to a local lake so the boy could display his remarkable talent for fishing and teach his classmates. Hence a tradition began that is still going on ...

Pressure from the office for civil rights of the U.S. Department of Education pushed the Salt Lake City school district to bolster services for English-language learners, according to a number of teachers who work directly with such students. I interviewed them during a visit there last month. My article, "English-Learners' Lot Improves With Federal Pressure," was published on Friday at Education Week. At the same time, the office for civil rights has recently had a reputation for being soft on enforcement, William L. Taylor, the chairman of the Washington-based Citizens Commission on Civil Rights, told me in an interview ...

The Arizona Republic takes stock of how educators of English-language learners feel the controversial four-hour program is working in three Arizona school districts. The program was mandated as part of a law the legislature passed to respond to the long-running Flores v. Arizona federal court case involving funding for ELLs. (Now called Horne v. Flores, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on it this month.) All students who are ELLs are required to receive four hours of instruction in English skills separately from other students each school day. In all three of the school districts, the number ...

A few years back, California was resisting a requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act to assess English-language learners as early as kindergarten on whether they could read or write in English. State officials thought that it should be sufficient that the state already tested students in the earliest grades in speaking and listening. California lost that battle and began to develop an English-proficiency test that would include reading and writing, as well as speaking and listening, for students in kindergarten and 1st grade. I haven't had a chance to report on how assessing ELLs in English proficiency in ...

A budget bill in Wisconsin, which hasn't yet been voted on by the legislature, includes a rule that voucher schools in Milwaukee must teach bilingual education if more than 10 percent of their students are English-language learners, according to the Associated Press.

Larry Ferlazzo, a prolific blogger and teacher of ELLs at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., uses lessons from community organization in helping immigrant students to adjust.

A study of how Hispanic 10th graders are performing on mathematics and English-language arts tests in Massachusetts compares the test scores of various subgroups of Hispanic students. It also compares Hispanic students in general with non-Hispanic students. Overall, Hispanic 10th graders' scores are significantly lower than those of non-Hispanic students in the state, but the average scores for Hispanic students did increase by a statistically significant amount, which has helped to narrow the achievement gap. One of the findings of the study, which looked at test scores from the 2002-03 school year to the 2005-06 school year, is that Hispanic ...

The National High School Center has posted the presentation slides and recording for a Webinar it hosted last month about best practices for educating English-language learners at the high school level. The center also recently posted several research briefs on this topic, which I wrote about in a blog post, "More About the Lack of Access for ELLs to a College-Prep Curriculum."...

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