UC Berkeley researchers find reasons to doubt that only 12 percent of young children who were tested in 2009-2010 were deemed to be proficient in English.
We continue our interview with Brooke Hauser, whose new book The New Kids describes a year at the International High School in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
The book traces a year in the life of five teenage immigrants as their language abilities and identities develop at a New York school.
The provision requiring schools to collect and report on students' immigration status was among those blocked.
Student filmmaker Emileigh Potter talks about The DREAMERS, which was voted "most inspiring" at PBS's Project VoiceScape awards.
Colombian pop star Shakira is one of four new appointees to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
A new study from the University of Missouri suggests that Mexican-Americans in U.S. schools fare better when they maintain a connection to their heritage. "Culture Predicts Mexican Americans' College Self-Efficacy and College Performance," published in the journal Culture and College Outcomes, shows that Mexican-Americans who continued to speak Spanish and remained attached to their cultural heritage had higher GPAs and were more successful in college. David Aguayo, a doctoral student, surveyed more than 400 Mexican-American students for the survey. He attributes some of that success to the reduced stress felt by students who were able to maintain traditions or ...
Some interesting news from Florida: Last week, Florida's Board of Education voted that parents of English-language learners can opt for their child to stop receiving ELL services even if the student has not tested as proficient in English. The main concern is that this opt-out implies that the districts aren't required to provide services to ELLs. The AP quotes Lucas da Silva of the Florida Immigrant Youth Network: "It makes it seem the state isn't obliged to provide this education to students." Representatives from the board say that most parents won't opt out—they haven't traditionally—and that those students...
More Hispanic children live in poverty than in the U.S. than ever before, and, for the first time, more Hispanic children than white children live in poverty.
Wisconsin received a $10.5 million grant from the Department of Education to develop an online assessment for English-language learners. Wisconsin is working with WIDA and a 28-state consortium.