Friday, August 19, 2005

NCLB and ELLs in New Jersey

The Philly Inquirer reports today that English Language Learners (ELLs) in four school districts in South Jersey failed to make adequate progress on reading and math tests. Throughout the state, 40 districts did not meet English fluency standards.

This is the first year that schools are required (by No Child Left Behind) to report the progress of ELL students, and these won't be the last districts scolded for not raising the achievement of immigrant kids. Of course, it's impossible (for me, at least) to know whether the state standarized tests are accurately measuring how well ELLs are learning English in New Jersey, but I think it is great that schools are being pushed to recognize that the needs of their immigrant students are not being met and to improve ESL and bilingual classes.

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