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ERIC Number: EJ780843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-5
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
States Clear Initial Hurdle on ELL Tests
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v27 n14 p1, 17 Dec 2007
A new report finds that all states and the District of Columbia have now ushered in new English-language-proficiency tests to comply with No Child Left Behind Act requirements for those still learning the language. The report, "English Language Proficiency Assessment in the Nation: Current Status and Future Practice," released by the University of California, is a collaboration by 32 experts on testing and ELLs to provide an overview of the new era of testing for English proficiency. Under the nearly 6-year-old NCLB law, states were, for the first time, required to gauge the progress of second-language learners in grades K-12 every year in learning English. The federal education law requires states to assess those students in reading, writing, speaking, and listening--while the previous generation of tests were mostly designed to assess only speaking and listening. Jamal Abedi, a professor of education at the University of California, Davis, and the editor of the report, said that there is systematic improvement in the new generation of English-proficiency tests. The tests are better than the ones that were commonly used prior to passage of the NCLB law because they are aligned with state standards for English-proficiency--which many states had to craft to comply with the act--and state content standards, such as for mathematics, Mr. Abedi explained.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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