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ERIC Number: EJ798152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-4
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Hurdles Remain High for English-Learners
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v27 n39 p1, 11 Jun 2008
Despite academic progress, standardized tests have been a handicap in school's quest to meet the yardstick for adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The law requires that students be tested annually in reading and math in grades 3-8 and once during high school. Schools must show sufficient gains in performance for students overall as well as for certain subgroups, including English-language learners (ELL), to make AYP and avoid possible penalties. In California, students have to score at the "proficient'' level or above on the state's high school exit exam when they first take it in 10th grade to help their schools make AYP under the federal law. Some educators say the accountability provisions of the law do not provide a complete picture of the quality of education at a school that has a high number of ELL students. They argue that the federal accountability system puts a negative label on schools that receive students who have little or no academic preparation, even though the schools may help them make significant progress. Many educators nationwide share the feeling that the NCLB law is not flexible enough to reflect the gains made by their students, particularly those with academic challenges. Some have called for changes that would let a school more precisely measure students' academic growth, rather than try to ensure that all students meet rigid academic targets.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001