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October 08, 2018

Most States Failing to Meet English-Learner Academic Targets, Report Finds

Over the past decade, English-learner enrollment in K-12 schools has increased by more than 100 percent in 11 states. While the number of ELL students is on the rise, the quality of education those students receive may not be keeping pace.

October 04, 2018

Four Steps Schools Should Take to Identify Gifted English-Learners

Researchers from the National Center for Research on Gifted Education visited elementary and middle schools in three states to study schools that had "exemplary" track records in spotting academically talented ELLs. Nationally, only 2 percent of English-learners are enrolled in gifted and talented programs.

September 11, 2017

Will Your State's ESSA Plan Work for English-Language Learners?

A new brief guides readers through sections in state plans that address English-learner accountability, outlining 33 key questions that educators and advocates should ask.

November 15, 2016

ACT Wants Scores to Accurately Reflect What English-Learners Learn in School

In a break from past practice, ACT Inc. has announced that it will begin offering accommodations for English-language learners.

October 14, 2016

Many Reclassified ELLs Still Need English-Language Support, Study Finds

Students who test out of English-language development programs continue to "struggle with the higher demands of English language arts and math," the WestEd study found.

September 29, 2016

Bureau of Indian Education Joins WIDA Consortium on English-Learners

Joining WIDA allows BIE educators to home in on one set of exams and standards to measure English-language proficiency among American Indian and Alaska Native children.

May 04, 2016

Arizona, Federal Government Settle Dispute Over English-Language Learners

The U.S. departments of Justice and Education found that the state has failed to properly identify English-learners and prematurely labeled others as fluent in English.

April 08, 2015

Louisville District Seeks State Waiver for English-Learner Accountability

Under the waiver, ELLs would take state tests but their scores would not count toward their school's overall performance until the students were proficient in English.

December 22, 2014

Federal Officials Grant Florida Waiver on English-Learner Testing

Federal officials granted the state's request to give its English-language learners two years in a U.S. school before counting their test scores in school grades.

December 16, 2014

ETS Recommends Changes For English-Language Proficiency Assessments

The report authors contend that most English-language proficiency assessments focus on students' knowledge about English rather than their ability to use the language effectively in school.

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