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September 11, 2014

Big-City Districts Delve Into Common-Core Teaching for English-Learners

The Washington-based Council of the Great City Schools is also spearheading a project to upgrade common-core-aligned instructional materials for English-learners.

August 14, 2014

Teachers of English-Learners Feel Least Prepared for Common Core, Survey Finds

An October 2013 survey of teachers by the Education Week Research Center shows that teachers feel least confident in their preparation to teach the common-core standards to English-language learners.

June 20, 2014

Florida Board Adopts New English-Language-Proficiency Standards

The Florida state board agreed to use English-language-proficiency standards developed by WIDA, a 35-state consortium that is also developing new assessments.

June 05, 2014

ELLs Test-Drive New English-Language Proficiency Assessments

English-language learners in states belonging to the WIDA consortium have been field-testing new, common-core aligned English-language proficiency assessments in speaking, reading, and writing this spring.

May 30, 2014

Common-Core Test Experts Explain ELL and Special Education Supports

Foremost experts on common-core testing supports for English-learners and students with disabilities answered a range of readers' questions.

April 24, 2014

Test Supports for ELLs: Differences Between PARCC and Smarter Balanced

PARCC and Smarter Balanced offer very different testing supports for English-language learners on their common-core aligned assessments.

March 26, 2014

English-Learner Reclassifications in Flux in California

California educators are grappling with how they will make decisions about exiting English-learners from services as the state transitions to new content tests and new English-language proficiency assessments.

March 03, 2014

ELL Group Struggles to Find Test-Takers in Busy Field Testing Season

A group of 35 states that are jointly developing new English-language proficiency assessments are having a tough time finding schools willing to try out the field tests this spring.

February 24, 2014

Language Supports for English-Learners Ready for Smarter Balanced Field Tests

Teachers, students, and parents can practice using the language-support features such as native-language glossaries in advance of the upcoming field tests.

February 06, 2014

Supporting Academic Discussions for ELLs in Common-Core Classrooms

Language experts based at Stanford University are expanding their offerings of free courses for educators looking for resources on supporting English-language learners in the move to more rigorous academic standards.

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