States with Alternative Tests for ELLs

December 10, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGUAGE–Staff members of the U.S. Department of Education have provided me with a factual statement about states that have alternative tests for English-language learners for calculating adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind Act—and full story
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Oregon Suspends Use of Aprenda–a Spanish-Language Test

December 8, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGAUGE–Oregon has become the latest state to stop using an alternative test for English-language learners because federal education officials have questioned its comparability with the state’s regular test. A number of states have already dropped alternative tests for English-language learners for the same reason. full story
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It’s Carnival Time

December 2, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGUAGE–For this 8th edition of the ELL/ESL/EFL carnival, bloggers provide answers to some of the questions I presume that educators of English-learners might have. OK, I admit that the first question may not exactly have been on the tip of your tongue, but it could help some ELL teachers to stretch in how they engage students. full story
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What the Feds Said About ‘Supplement Not Supplant’ for Title III

November 25, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGUAGE–I hope you’ve had a chance to read my reports on this blog of what officials from the U.S. Department of Education have been saying about the “supplement-not-supplant” provision of Title III, the section of the No Child Left Behind Act that authorizes funds for English-language-acquisition programs. The provision says that money from Title III full story
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Expansion of Family Literacy Centers

November 20, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGUAGEThe National Center for Family Literacy has announced that it will expand its family literacy centers for Hispanic and immigrant families to five new cities. They are: Las Vegas, Las Cruces, N.M.; Long Beach, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; and full story
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Oregon Voters Rejected Measure Limiting Services to ELLs

November 5, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGAUGE–As Campaign K-12 reports, Oregon voters have rejected Measure 58, a state ballot measure that would have put a cap of two years on the amount of time English-language learners could receive instruction in their native language. It seemed that it would have also put a cap of two years on English-as-a-second-language instruction  full story  complete coverage
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School Responses to Immigration Raids

October 29, 2008

LEARNING THE LANGUAGE–A school district in Texas used to have a standard practice of keeping the names of two adults on file who are authorized to pick up a student. Now, after an immigration raid in that district’s community, the school system requires each family to keep the names of 10 authorized adults on file. That’s an example of how some school administrators full story
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