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February 21, 2012

Primer Available for New ELL Assessments

A guide to explain the components of new assessments of English-language proficiency that are being developed by a group of 28 states and the District of Columbia.

February 06, 2012

Ed. Dept. Releases Guide for States on English-Language Proficiency

Report outlines empirical methods for states to follow as they craft new English language proficiency standards and how to measure the progress of ELLs

August 11, 2011

Making 'Common Core' Tests Accessible to All Students

A set of interoperability technology standards that permit states to share data and test items across states and that enables the tagging of test content in a way to make test questions more assessible to different kinds of English-language learners and students with disabilities got a lot of play yesterday in a public meeting about the tests being made for the states' common-core academic standards.

July 12, 2011

Stanford to Lead Creation of ELL Standards for 'Common Core'

Stanford University has received a grant of $1 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to create English-language-proficiency standards for the states' common core academic standards.

May 31, 2011

How Instructional Teams Support Education of ELLs

Having school-level instructional teams is one tool that has helped San Diego's Chula Vista Elementary School District succeed with English-language learners, according to a long-time administrator in the district.

May 05, 2011

ELLs and the Rush to Implement the Common Core

A lot of the talk during the webinar I moderated yesterday about improving literacy for English-language learners involved how to make sure English-language learners aren't "an afterthought" in district's instructional plans.

April 26, 2011

Two Webinars: Talk About the 'Common Core' and ELLs

The month of May will bring two webinars with discussions that touch on how school districts can implement the common core state standards for English-language learners.

September 28, 2010

California Adopted the Common Standards—Sans Preface

When California adopted the common core standards, it didn't accept the preface material, which includes an introduction and spells out how to apply the standards to English-language learners or students with disabilities.

May 21, 2010

Next Steps for Common Standards and ELLs?

It will be left up to states to create English-language-proficiency standards to align with the common standards.

July 09, 2009

What Do You Think an Ideal Teacher of ELLs Knows and Can Do?

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks public input on a new set of standards for "teachers of English as a new language." The window for comment is July 13-26.

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