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June 18, 2015

More States Seek Flexibility in Accountability for ELLs

Florida got flexibility on English Language Learners and accountability. Now at least seven other states are also asking for similar for those students.

May 20, 2015

Seattle Schools to Expand ELL Services After Critical State Audit

For two years, the district failed to give a required English placement test to about 1,200 students who reported speaking a language other than English at home.

April 10, 2015

Civil Rights Group Backs Language-Learner Provisions in ESEA Rewrite

The bill would provide incentives to states and school districts to implement policies to significantly improve instruction for English-learners.

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.

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