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.


California Puts More Attention on Long-Term English-Language Learners


Nearly 75 percent of California's English-language learners in grades 6-12 have been in the state's schools for seven or more years and still fall short of enough fluency in English to succeed academically, a new report finds.

Using a groundbreaking law that requires the state to define and identify "long-term English learners," and for school districts to collect and report data on such students, Californians Together, a nonprofit research and advocacy group, released new state data that show that 350,000 middle and high school students across California are long-term ELLs.


Civil Rights Group Opposes Plans for Maryland English-Learner High Schools

By Corey Mitchell
December 4, 2014
The Prince George's County, Md., NAACP chapter is mulling legal action to halt plans to open two new high schools for the community's growing population of immigrant students and English-language learners.
NAACP chapter leaders have questions about whether the district's plans run counter to Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 decision that declared that separate public schools for black and white students violated the Constitution, said Bob Ross, president of the Prince George's NAACP.


Haitian Diaspora in ‘Stones in the Sun’

NOV. 20, 2014                      
James Noel and Patricia Rhinvil as a married couple in Patricia Benoit’s “Stones in the Sun,” a film about the Haitian diaspora.Credit William Serber


City’s community schools plan stirs doubt among supporters

by Patrick Wall on December 5, 2014 1:29 am

Chancellor Carmen Fariña toured P.S. 15 in the Lower East Side this week, a low-performing school set to become a community school under a new city  plan.
PHOTO: Patrick Wall


CUNY to spend $35M over three years on remediation classes

November 20, 2014
New York’s public-high-school students are so ill- prepared for college that the city is investing an extra $35 million in remedial programs to help them make the grade.
Officials at the City University of New York say they’ll expand a booster program to serve 9,000 additional incoming freshmen at seven colleges over the next three years.



City investing $150 million to transform 94 struggling schools
All 94 schools will become Community Schools, provide one-hour extra of instruction each day, launch after-school programs, strengthen family engagement, and receive extra professional training for teachers
Schools and leadership will be held accountable for results


Teachers Expect Less From Black And Latino Students


Photo by Getty Images

By Rebecca Klein   

October 7, 2014



College Board Program Results Reveal Missed Opportunities and Areas of Promise for Students

Class of 2014 results show students who were on target for readiness on PSAT/NMSQT® but fell short on SAT®; early action could keep these students on target

PSAT/NMSQT results identify hundreds of thousands of students in the class of 2016 with potential to succeed in AP® courses
NEW YORK – For the first time ever, the College Board released results from three of its programs – PSAT/NMSQT, SAT, and Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) – in a combined manner. The national and state-level results paint a more complete picture of student progress during high school, showing missed opportunities for just-graduated students and areas where action can be taken to improve student outcomes for those still in high school.


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