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May 23rd, 2010

US: Researchers advise race to top applicants on ELLs while ‘Common Core State Standards Initiative’ takes effect


States need to give test developers explicit instructions on how to avoid unnecessary linguistic complexity when designing content tests, reports Education Week. They need to provide detailed guidelines to school districts on how to select and use testing accommodations for students. Those are two of the recommendations in a new research brief on how to include ELLs appropriately in academic content assessments.

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Elsewhere, The new ‘common core’ standards for K-12 math and English might be just what the U.S. Senate needs to break through its partisan logjam. With past failures in mind, notes Education Week, the Common Core State Standards Initiative, begun by governors and chief state school officers, has worked to gain widespread support that cuts across party lines, includes a broad range of education interest groups, and specifically does not involve the federal government.

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