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December 16, 2013

New York to Seek Federal Waiver to Test English-Learners in Native Languages

The state will ask the U.S. Department of Education to relax its requirements that English-learners who've been in U.S. schools for 12 months or longer take state language arts tests in English.

November 11, 2013

ELLs and Nation's Report Card: No Change in Reading and Math Performance

English-language learner performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress has stayed fairly stagnant in recent years.

September 25, 2013

PARCC's Common Math Tests to Be Translated Into Spanish

Eight states in the 19-state consortium said they will need the PARCC math assessment to be translated into Spanish.

September 11, 2013

Smarter Balanced Approves Testing Supports for English-Learners

The tools include native language translations of test directions and test items in mathematics for students who are not yet proficient in English.

September 05, 2013

Common Assessment Group Launches Spanish Webpage

Smarter Balanced has rolled out a Spanish-language webpage to provide information about the common assessments to parents, students, and teachers.

August 30, 2013

New Guide To Help States Commonly Define English-Learners

The Council of Chief State School Officers has released a detailed road map for states that must reach more consensus around who an English-learner is and when such students no longer need language instruction services.

August 12, 2013

Smarter Balanced Moves Ahead on Testing Tools for English-Learners

The Smarter Balanced group of 25 states will decide soon the range of testing accommodations to offer English-learners and students with disabilities.

August 09, 2013

A Look at ELL Performance So Far on Common-Core-Aligned Tests

Results on common-core-aligned tests from New York and the District of Columbia show that English-learners and their teachers have their work cut out for them to meet the more-demanding academic goals.

August 05, 2013

ELL Advocates Call for PARCC Tests in Spanish

Native-language assessments are a thorny issue that both PARCC and Smarter Balanced must resolve among member states with wide-ranging testing policies.

July 26, 2013

PARCC Releases Final Version of Accommodations Policy for ELLs

The substantive policies around testing supports for English-learners were approved in June by PARCC's governing board.

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