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House Democrats to Duncan: States are backsliding on help for low achievers

Sculb sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 26, Clicks: 4)  
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House Democratic leaders are worried that Education Secretary Arne Duncan is not doing enough to hold states accountable for educating public school students who are low-income, minority, disabled or English-language learners.

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States Weigh How to Revamp Surveys to Identify Potential English-Learners

Skinner sumitted ago via http://blogs.edweek.org (Views: 37, Clicks: 4)  
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Lesli A. Maxwell -- A fledgling effort to bring more consistency to services for English-language learners is moving ahead with the release of a new set of recommendations on how states and school districts might revise and improve the questions they ask to first identify students who might be in need of English-language instruction.

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Language key to learning math

Buldog sumitted ago via http://phys.org (Views: 25, Clicks: 4)  
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English-language learners who received additional math instruction using word problems with tiered levels of language difficulty showed improved math skills after five weeks of participating in the program, according to a recent study. "If they don't get the language and reading when they are young, by the time they get to middle school they are going to be lost in math class," said Michael Orosco, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside who led the study.

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Big changes to California's school-funding rules are approved

nitajo sumitted ago via http://www.latimes.com (Views: 33, Clicks: 4)  
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The new system allots more money to schools with disadvantaged students and empowers local educators to decide how to use the funds, as long as needy students are among those who benefit.

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English-Language Acquisition Gets Boost in Federal Spending Bill

Skinner sumitted ago via http://blogs.edweek.org (Views: 24, Clicks: 4)  
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Lesli A. Maxwell -- The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill released by Congressional leaders Monday night includes a modest increase in funding for states and local districts to support instruction for English-language learners.

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The Common Core Is Tough on Kids Who Are Still Learning English

eduK8 sumitted ago via http://www.theatlantic.com (Views: 39, Clicks: 4)  
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Teachers at a Los Angeles elementary school are integrating literacy into math as they transition their mostly English-language-learning students to a curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards. The math lessons emphasize understanding word problems, key vocabulary and phrases. Teacher Rebecca Harris said the common core has benefits "because it will help our students get to a better place in math as well as language."

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ESL and Classroom Teachers Team Up to Teach Common Core

MrGreen sumitted ago via http://www.edweek.org (Views: 30, Clicks: 5)  
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Lesli A. Maxwell -- Collaboration may be the new norm for teachers of ELL students.

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Subtract Teachers, Add Pupils: Math of Today’s Jammed Schools

Skinner sumitted ago via http://www.nytimes.com (Views: 51, Clicks: 7)  
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Despite the economic recovery from the recession, staffs at many school districts remain substantially reduced, leading to unwieldy class sizes and a lack of specialists to help students.

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Increasing Elementary Math Proficiency for English Language Learners

PiGuy sumitted ago via http://www.dreambox.com (Views: 46, Clicks: 4)  
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When compared to overall student enrollment, English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing K-12 segment in the United States today and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. A growing number of ELLs are being educated in mainstream classrooms by teachers without the training or resources needed to effectively instruct them. Against this backdrop, most ELLs are not meeting academic proficiency standards; especially alarming is their growing achievement gap in mathematics.

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Md. test exclusion rate raises questions

PiGuy sumitted ago via http://www.washingtonpost.com (Views: 75, Clicks: 4)  
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When Maryland officials recently trumpeted the performance of their students on national reading tests, they failed to mention one thing: The state blocked more than half its English language learners and students with learning disabilities from taking the test, students whose scores would have dragged down the results.

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How Monolingual Teachers Can Support Young Dual-Language Learners

nitajo sumitted ago via http://blogs.edweek.org (Views: 74, Clicks: 4)  
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Lesli A. Maxwell - There's an accruing pile of evidence that teaching in English and a child's home language in the preschool and early elementary years is best for young dual-language learners, both for academic achievement and for English proficiency later in their school careers. But consider that dual-language learners now represent nearly one-third of all children under the age of 6 in the United States.

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A Common-Core Challenge: Learners With Special Needs

Skinner sumitted ago via http://www.edweek.org (Views: 88, Clicks: 4)  
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Catherine Gewertz - If the old adage is true—that a society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens—then putting the common standards into practice carries the specter of a judgment about educational opportunity in the United States. In millions of classrooms across the country, educators are working to design lesson plans for students that will, in most places, represent a step up in academic expectations.

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Language Barriers: The New Segregation?

Skinner sumitted ago via http://blogs.edweek.org (Views: 148, Clicks: 5)  
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Matthew Lynch - The practice of placing students in talented and gifted programs is viewed by some as being inherently unfair. After all, who determines what is considered "gifted" in the first place? Some studies have even found that gifted programs favor white students and that Black and Latino students are constantly overlooked.

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Common Core Ratchets Up Language Demands for English-Learners

Skinner sumitted ago via http://www.edweek.org (Views: 70, Clicks: 5)  
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Lesli A. Maxwell - No one is a native speaker of academic English. As the formal written and spoken language of classrooms and professional workplaces, academic English often bears little resemblance to the social, everyday language one needs to communicate effectively in most situations.

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Persuasion Across Time & Space: Unit Overview

Buldog sumitted ago via https://www.teachingchannel.org (Views: 72, Clicks: 4)  
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Use complex texts to deepen and accelerate learning.

1 comments | Tags: english language learners common core state standards stanford university ela middle school | Topic: Secondary BAD >_<

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