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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.

October 28, 2010

Webinar to Feature Math and Science Test Items for ELLs

A free Webinar on Oct. 29 will explore considerations for testing English-language learners in math and science.

August 24, 2010

WIDA Tally: Minnesota Joins Consortium

Minnesota has joined the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium, bringing the total of states adopting the consortium's English-language proficiency test to 23 plus the District of Columbia.

July 01, 2010

Study: Math Test Items With Modified English Do Their Job

Modifying the English on math test items doesn't change the math knowledge assessed, concludes a study on math testing accommodations conducted by the Regional Educational Laboratory West and released this week by the Institute of Education Sciences.

June 21, 2010

Good Read: Why One ESL Teacher Doesn't Like Test Prep

An English-as-a-second-language teacher in New York City was successful in teaching ELLs so they could pass the English Regents exam, but he thinks his writing lessons were meaningless for students over the long-term.

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