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October 15, 2009

ELLs in 8th Grade Lose Ground on Math NAEP

English-language learners in 8th grade performed a tad worse in math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2009 than they did in 2007.

September 25, 2009

GAO to Ed. Dept.: Improve Peer Review Process and You'll Improve the Tests

The U.S. Department of Education needs to permit direct communication between state education officials and reviewers during the peer review process for state tests, a report by the General Accountability Office concludes.

August 27, 2009

Free Webinar on Nation's Most Popular English-Proficiency Test

One of the regional laboratories of the Institute of Education Sciences is holding a free Webinar on Sept. 16, noon to 1 p.m. Eastern Time, to discuss findings from a study of the nation's most popular English-language proficiency test used for accountability under NCLB.

August 18, 2009

Calif. Test Scores Increase for ELLs—All Students

California has released its test scores for 2009. Both in math and English, more ELLs scored at or above "proficient" than in the previous year.

August 10, 2009

'Targeted Testing' on NAEP for ELLs?

A task force looking at how best to include English-language learners in the National Assessment of Educational Progress report that "targeted testing" might work well for that group of students, according to Curriculum Matters.

August 04, 2009

Editorial: ELLs Are Not Served Well by Current Testing Practices

The unintended consequences of high-stakes testing and accountability systems for English-language learners outweigh any benefits that standardized tests might have for such students, argue Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Corola Suarez-Orozco in an online editorial for the New York Times.

July 31, 2009

State Appeals Court: California Can Stick With English in Tests for ELLs

A state appeals court has ruled that California can stick with English in testing English-language learners for accountability purposes under the No Child Left Behind Act. Nine school districts sued the state over the English-only testing issue in 2005.

July 08, 2009

WIDA Tally: Hawaii Joins Testing Consortium

Hawaii joins 18 other states and the District of Columbia in deciding to use the English-language-proficiency test most commonly used by states: Access for ELLs.

July 01, 2009

The Aftermath of the Storm in Storm Lake

The Storm Lake school district in Iowa reviewed and revised its policies on English-language learners after a student of Lao descent refused to take and English-language-proficiency test because she believed she was fluent in English.

June 09, 2009

Command Central in Fairfax County for Scoring Portfolio Tests

A Washington Post reporter and photographer visit command central for scoring Virginia's portfolio tests in Fairfax County. The tests are used for ELLs and students with disabilities.

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