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ERIC Number: ED430309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 18
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Arguing for Equity: The Politics of Testing English Language Learners in San Francisco.
Trousdale, Donna; Penuel, William R.; Khanna, Ritu
This paper examines the different strategies used to argue for and against testing of English Language Learners (ELL) in California. The study arose from protests directed at a California law requiring that a norm-referenced achievement test be used to assess school children on their mastery of basic skills. The paper describes the different uses and definitions of equity and fairness made by various individuals and organizations and delineates the ways in which different definitions of equity were developed politically in the educational and legal domains. The historical debate over equity in education is discussed along with the current debate and the controversy stirred by the call for testing. The article focuses on a case in San Francisco in which the superintendent of the schools opposed the assessment testing, claiming that the stipulation that the testing be carried out in English only was unfair to many students for whom English was a second language. It describes the subsequent court case that arose when the superintendent sued the state to stop the testing. The case study here is used to illustrate the larger battle that is being waged throughout the U.S. regarding accountability and fair assessment. Contains 19 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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