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September 20, 2016

English-Language-Learner Classification Can Impede Student Growth, Study Finds

A new study out of the University of Oregon found that designating early elementary students who are close to being proficient in English as ELLs may actually do more harm than good.

May 04, 2016

Arizona, Federal Government Settle Dispute Over English-Language Learners

The U.S. departments of Justice and Education found that the state has failed to properly identify English-learners and prematurely labeled others as fluent in English.

April 18, 2016

Tentative Deal Reached on Native-Language Testing Requirement for ELLs

The Every Student Succeeds Act rulemaking committee has tentatively agreed that states should aim to develop a test in the language that's most commonly spoken by ELLs in the state.

January 11, 2016

New Federal K-12 Law Fails to Address 'Value of Bilingualism,' ELL Scholars Say

Some ELL researchers say the new ESSA law fails to make bilingualism and biliteracy a priority for all students in the United States, including English learners.

December 02, 2015

ESEA Rewrite Could Serve as 'Huge Civil Rights' Bill for ELLs, Some Advocates Say

The legislation would do more to hold all schools, not just those with significant ELL enrollments, accountable for the education of non-native English speaking students.

November 06, 2015

CCSSO Offers Guidance on Reclassification of English-Language Learners

Determining when to exit students from language-learner status is a "high-stakes" decision, the authors of a new report say.

September 11, 2015

Miami-Dade Schools to Offer Seal of Biliteracy

Miami-Dade joins the District of Columbia, Chicago and a growing number of states in offering the special recognition for students.

August 07, 2015

How Long Does It Take ELLs to Develop English Proficiency?

It's a question on the mind of many educators. Most researchers agree that proficiency is linked to academic success in other content areas.

August 06, 2015

Connecticut Wins Flexibility in Accountability for ELLs

Under the state's renewed No Child Left Behind waiver, schools won't have to count the achievement of ELLs who have been in the country for less than two years for accountability purposes.

August 06, 2015

Florida, Idaho Join Largest ELL Consortium

With the two additions, membership in WIDA, World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment, is now at 36 states.

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