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June 08, 2011

WIDA Tally: Montana and Maryland Join Consortium

Maryland and Montana are the latest two states to have become members of the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment consortium and will begin administering the consortium's English-language-proficiency test next school year.

June 07, 2011

Calif., Wis. Take Lead to Propose ELL Tests for 'Common Core'

California and Wisconsin have each formed a consortium with other states and applied for the full $10.7 million available in a grant competition to create English-language-proficiency tests for the states' common-core academic standards.

May 27, 2011

White House Official Stresses Need for Native-Language Tests

A White House official said that the Obama administration wants to see school districts move forward in making native-language assessments available for English-language learners.

May 17, 2011

A Vision for ELL Inclusion in Tests Pegged to the 'Common Core'

New tests for the Common Core State Standards Initiative should pay particular attention to how formative tests designed within the assessment systems can improve outcomes form English-language learners, a researcher from WestEd contends in a paper released this week.

April 12, 2011

Study Shows Math Graphics Aid ELLs on Tests

A new study from the University of Georgia shows that if test developers include graphics with math items that are relevant to the question asked, they can partly close the performance gap on those test items between English-proficient students and English-language learners.

April 05, 2011

A Note on Tests Aligned With the Common Standards and ELLs

Edynn Y. Sato, English-language learner testing expert at WestEd, will serve as a new technical adviser for the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium.

April 04, 2011

ELLs and Assessments Pegged to the Common-Core Standards

The two consortia creating content tests as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative are beginning to take small steps to consider the needs of English-language learners.

March 08, 2011

Is Utah's English Fluency Bar for ELLs Too High?

In Utah, 39 percent of ELLs in 10th grade who meet the state's standard to be redesignated as fluent in English on the state's regular content test do not meet the bar for English fluency on the state's English-language-proficiency test.

January 21, 2011

WIDA Tally: Half of States Are Now Members of Consortium

With Alaska joining the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium this week, half of the nation's states are now members of the nonprofit organization that has developed English-language-proficiency standards and an assessment for English-language learners.

January 07, 2011

Feds Make ELLs a Priority for Tests Based on Common-Core Standards

The federal government intends to provide grants for the development of English-language-proficiency assessments that are aligned with the national common core standards.

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