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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

States Submit Plans for Testing ELLs on Common Standards

The two groups of states, one led by California and the other by Wisconsin, are pursuing $10.7 million in federal aid to create exams on English-language proficiency.

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.

June 07, 2011

An Interesting Few Days

There are certainly schools that have made genuine gains in test scores and graduation rates, and they deserve recognition and commendations because their success defeats the odds. But the odds remain decidedly against children who grow up in poverty, without adequate healthcare, housing, nutrition, and support.

June 03, 2011

NRC Study Raises Questions About Test-Based Incentives

The National Research Council says the academic benefits of test-based incentive programs have been "quite small."

May 31, 2011

A Dark Day in New York State

This isn't an argument against holding teachers accountable; it's an argument against holding them accountable for the wrong things and in a way that will result in very negative unintended consequences.

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 19, 2011

Considering How One 'Sees' Things

We may not agree, either, on the kind of evidence that we need to use as we revise our schemes, as they go from inside our heads, to paper and pencil to actual implementation.

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.

May 16, 2011

New Research on Instructional Styles: Take Your Pick

The journal Science is publishing a study finding that, in an introductory college physics course, students placed in an experimental, collaborative-learning class performed significantly better on an end-of-course exam than students who were given a traditional lecture-based class.

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