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December 02, 2014

U.S. Citizenship Test May Become a Graduation Requirement in North Dakota

State lawmakers are mulling a new high school graduation requirement: passing a 100-question exam that gauges knowledge of American government, history and civics.

October 23, 2014

Testing Consortium Awards Contract for English-Learner Assessment

The WIDA consortium has chosen a Minnesota company to score its new, common-core aligned English-language proficiency assessment that will debut in 2015-16.

October 20, 2014

Florida's First Formal Move Against the U.S. Dept. of Ed on ELL Testing

Scott sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, requesting a hearing on the issue before the Office of the Administrative Law Judges.

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 07, 2012

ELL and Spec. Ed. Advisors Named for Common Assessment Group

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has convened two expert panels to advise on how best to ensure that English-language learners and students with disabilities can fully and fairly demonstrate their knowledge on the new tests pegged to the common core standards.

May 10, 2012

Grim NAEP Science Results for English Learners

English learners gained no ground in science achievement in the 2011 Nation's Report Card.

November 14, 2011

Study on ELLs In California Is Flawed, Says Advocacy Group

Californians Together offers a critique of the UC Berkeley study that found the state might be identifying too many young children for English-language instruction.

November 02, 2011

Nation's Report Card: How ELLs Fared in 2011

Performance changes little for ELLs overall, but rates of exclusion were down from 2009.

September 29, 2011

Common Core ELL Assessment to Be Built by Wis. Consortium

Wisconsin received a $10.5 million grant from the Department of Education to develop an online assessment for English-language learners. Wisconsin is working with WIDA and a 28-state consortium.

September 09, 2011

One Opinion: New Assessments Should Keep ELLs in Mind

A commentary writer says English-language learners' needs should be considered from the get-go when drafting the new, common core assessments.

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