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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.

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.

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