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May 04, 2009

Scores for ELLs Increase on California's English-Proficiency Test

The California Department of Education's press release about English-language learners' scores on the state's English-proficiency test reads about the same as the press releases on students' scores on this test for the last several years, as I recall. The percentage of ELLs who score "proficient" in...

April 09, 2009

Want to Ask/Say Something More About Assessing ELLs?

I received more questions and comments for today's chat with Margo Gottlieb about assessing ELLs than I could use during the hourlong event. (Find a transcript of the chat here.) Gottlieb told me that if anyone feels his or her voice wasn't heard or topic wasn't addressed, she's willing to respond t...

March 11, 2009

A Storm in Storm Lake

A teenager of Lao descent, who was born in the United States, refuses to take an English-language-proficiency test and gets suspended from her high school in Storm Lake, Iowa. Then about a dozen students protest in front of the school to show their support for the student. (Hat tip to TESOL in the N...

February 24, 2009

New York City Rolls Out Test for SIFE

The New York City school district has commissioned what is believed to be the first standardized test for assessing English-language learners who are "students with interrupted formal education," or SIFE, and has just distributed it to schools, I report in an article published today at edweek.org. ...

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