Federal Officials Grant Florida Waiver on English-Learner Testing


The U.S. Department of Education has decided to give Florida flexibility in how it assesses English-language learners, bringing an end to a months-long dispute between the federal agency and state officials.

On Monday, federal officials granted the state's request to give its ELL students two years in a U.S. school before counting their test scores in school grades. Deborah Delisle, assistant secretary for the office of elementary and secondary education, confirmed the shift in a letter sent Monday to Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

The change contradicts federal rules that demand all children be counted equally in accountability measures....