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ERIC Number: EJ759464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-23
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Federal Data Show Gains on Language
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v24 n28 p1, 25 Mar 2005
The U.S. Department of Education's first-ever evaluation of how states are meeting requirements for English-language learners under the federal No Child Left Behind Act can be looked at two ways. One view of the report, which was released to Congress on March 15, 2005, is that states have made great strides in laying the groundwork for schools to teach English-language learners. That is the view of Kathleen Leos, the associate deputy secretary and senior policy adviser for the Education Department's office of English-language acquisition, a researcher for the evaluation. Another interpretation of the findings in the 503-page evaluation, which covers the 2002-03 and 2003-04 school years, is that states have largely failed to meet the law's requirements to ensure that English-language learners master academic content. Only two states--Alabama and Michigan--met "adequate yearly progress," or AYP, goals in 2003-04 for such students in both reading and mathematics. Moreover, not a single state both reported all the data required by the federal law and met all the mandated targets for English-language learners. Experts on second-language learners who had read the summary of the evaluation said the report reflects positive change for how schools and states view English-language learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001