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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.

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.

October 30, 2013

ESL Teachers, Academic Language, and the Common-Core Standards

A new Education Week special report delves into some of the issues facing educators as they transition to the common standards and struggle to make them accessible to English-language learners.

October 28, 2013

ELLs and Common Core: Denver Students Dig Into Persuasive Reading, Writing

Watch teachers and students engage with a rigorous, English/language arts unit designed for middle school English-language learners.

October 03, 2013

Common Core and English-Learners: Teaching Math and Language

Math and language-acquisition experts on the Understanding Language team have released their first major package of free common-core math instructional resources for ELLs.

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 16, 2013

Common Core and ELLs Are Focus of New Online Course

The Stanford University Understanding Language initiative will offer a free, massive online open course, or MOOC, to educators who work with English-learners.

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