Tuesday, February 7, 2012

ED Releases ELL Proficiency Guide

Lesli A. Maxwell writes at the Education Week (2/7) "Learning the Language" blog that ED has "released a guidebook to help states set new proficiency standards and academic achievement targets for English-language learners," noting that it "describes empirical methods state policymakers may use to determine exactly what English proficiency means for students, how long it should take students to reach it, and how to factor in those proficiency levels when measuring progress in the academic content areas." Maxwell notes that the report comes as states seeking NCLB waivers "must address how they will hold schools accountable for the language and academic proficiency of English learners."

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