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The importance of education: Economics of the English language in Pakistan
The Express Tribune
Pakistan: Among those in Pakistan who claim to be proficient in English, only 1 in 10 is actually good in written and spoken English, the remaining 90 person cannot speak more than a sentence or two of correct English. When it comes to writing English, they are slightly better but writing more than one page would be considered a challenge. The lack of English language proficiency is costing the country dearly.
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Duncan to Congress: Giving states flexibility is working
U.S. Department of Education
Secretary Arne Duncan testified on Capitol Hill Thursday during a hearing on ESEA flexibility. States and their schools are breaking free from the restrictions of No Child Left Behind and pursuing new and better ways to prepare and protect all students, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a Senate committee.
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Holding states and schools accountable
The New York Times
As Congress contemplates rewriting No Child Left Behind, President George W. Bush's signature education law, legislators will tussle over a vision of how the federal government should hold states and schools accountable for students’ academic progress. At a Senate education committee hearing to discuss waivers to states on some provisions of the law, Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, forcefully urged the federal government to get out of the way.
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TESOL welcomes Obama's call for expanding education, immigration reform
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In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for the expansion of pre-K education and for comprehensive immigration reform, which calls for learning English as one step on the path to citizenship. But his address is a mixed bag for English language teachers, who often work in resource-challenged contexts. TESOL's response to the president's address calls for additional resources to support his initiatives.
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Survey of ESL credit policies — pass it on
TESOL
TESOL International Association is researching policies at postsecondary institutions in the United States and Canada regarding academic and degree-granting credit for ESL/ESOL courses. If your college, university, or other type of higher education institution offers credit for ESL/ESOL courses, you are invited to complete a brief survey. Your participation will help inform us about ESL students' experience in higher education. You are encouraged to share this invitation with colleagues at other institutions. Access the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ESLCreditSurvey. Responses are being collected through 15 February. Questions to Michelle Bagwell. Thank you!
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Refugees in Iowa: Making a new home
The Shreveport Times
Kyaw Hay and his wife, Tar Paw Mu, are enduring their first frigid Iowa winter, and don't have enough clothing for their three young children. They frequently feel bewildered living in a strange place where they can't yet speak English. But the Burmese couple have a warm, safe and clean home in Des Moines with amenities they couldn't have imagined when they lived for a dozen years a world away in a refugee camp in Thailand.

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Report: Scrap 1-size-fits-all approach to teaching ELLs
Education Week
As more and more school districts around the country put the common standards in English/language arts and mathematics into practice, one refrain is growing louder and louder: Instruction for English learners must change radically.

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Why every professor needs linguistics 101
The Chronicle of Higher Education
By now it should be obvious that grammar instruction doesn't benefit anyone. Students hate it; teachers never learned grammar themselves, or if they did, they promptly forgot most of it.

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US states, local governments plead for new 'No Child Left Behind'
Reuters
U.S. state and local officials again called on Congress to pass renewed "No Child Left Behind" education legislation, writing in a letter on Tuesday that it must become "a top priority for every member of the House and Senate." Nearly a year ago — on Feb. 6, 2012 — the same groups, including the National Governors Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National School Boards Association, made a similar plea to reauthorize the federal education funding law.
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No Child Left Behind: Early lessons from state flexibility waivers
U.S. Department of Education
Testimony of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions: "Chairman Harkin, Ranking Member Alexander, and Members of the Committee. Thank you for inviting me here today to testify on the flexibility that the Department of Education has provided under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to empower States, districts, and schools to move forward with reforms that benefit all students. I say that we have provided flexibility under the law to States, which is true, but the guiding principle of ESEA flexibility is that it is for students."
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Using teacher evaluation reform and professional development to support Common Core assessments
Center for American Progress
New approaches to teacher evaluation, combined with comprehensive professional development for teachers and school leaders and changes in the organization and capacities of school districts, can support the types of teacher knowledge acquisition and changes in instructional practices called for by the Common Core Standards and assessments.
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Teachers' ratings still high despite new measures
Education Week
In Michigan, 98 percent of teachers were rated effective or better under new teacher-evaluation systems recently put in place. In Florida, 97 percent of teachers were deemed effective or better. Principals in Tennessee judged 98 percent of teachers to be "at expectations" or better last school year, while evaluators in Georgia gave good reviews to 94 percent of teachers taking part in a pilot evaluation program. Those results, among the first trickling out from states' newly revamped yardsticks, paint a picture of a K-12 system that remains hesitant to differentiate between the best and the weakest performers — as well as among all those in the middle doing a solid job who still have room to improve.
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Education chief says rule waivers free up funds for states
Reuters
By waiving certain requirements in the education law known as No Child Left Behind, the U.S. government has been able to send some states an additional $2.8 billion in total for schools, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said at a Senate hearing. "We've tried to free almost $3 billion in ... money under No Child Left Behind that was prescribed by Washington," he told the Education Committee.
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British Council launches new English testing system
The Lahore Times
Pakistan: British Council has launched a new English testing system, Aptis, a business-to-business English assessment service available to organizations, and latest edition to the British Council's English and Examinations portfolio of products. According to a press release issued, the Aptis is a flexible and adaptable English test for adults, which can be used to assess ability in all four English skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). It can also be customized to test one or more specific skills, which allows organizations to test the skills relevant to their needs.
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Literacy by 3rd grade a renewed priority for states
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Flunked, retained, held back. Whatever you call it, increasing numbers of states are not promoting students who are struggling to read at the end of third grade. Thirty-two states have passed legislation designed to improve third-grade literacy, according to the Education Commission of the States. Retention is part of the policies in 14 states, with some offering more leeway than others.
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How are Race to the Top states doing in year 2?
ED.gov Blog
In only two years, the 12 states with Race to the Top grants continue to show improvements in teaching and learning in their schools. The U.S. Department of Education released state-specific reports for the 12 Race to the Top states, providing detailed, transparent summaries of each state's accomplishments and challenges in year two, which covered the 2011-2012 school year.
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Common Core technology requirements outlined
Education Week
One of the two consortia designing tests for the Common Core State Standards recently released new guidance on the minimum technology standards states will need to meet to give those tests, beginning in 2014-2015. The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, says the guidance is meant to provide direction to states and districts on the extent to which current technology meets testing standards, or whether upgrades will be required.
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Teachers team up for English language learning
Twin Falls Times-News
About 15 English language learners looked at a list of error-filled sentences projected onto a whiteboard at Canyon Ridge High School in Idaho. "Who wants to do one?" English teacher Ron James asked. A few hands shot up. One student went up to the whiteboard, grabbed a whiteboard marker and started adding missing punctuation to a sentence. Classmates pointed to the board and told him what else he needed to change.
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New administrative position created to oversee English language learners
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Clark County, Nev., School District Superintendent Dwight Jones has created an assistant superintendent position to oversee a new English language learner department. The district has 53,000 ELL students. The annual salary range for the new position is $88,000 to $97,000. Jones named Lucille Keaton to the position, which is funded by Title III dollars. She has been principal of Hewetson Elementary school, near Bonanza Road and Eastern Avenue, since 2005.
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Quincy, Mass., teachers about to get U.S.-mandated training
The Patriot Ledger
Quincy, Mass., will be among the first school districts in the state to enroll teachers in training mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice on how to better cater to students who are learning English. The training is part of the state's response to an admonishment from the U.S. Department of Justice, which two years ago found that Massachusetts was not in compliance with a federal law that requires equal education opportunities.
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Pinellas, Fla., schools aim higher for non-English speaking students
Tampa Bay Times
While total enrollment in Pinellas, Fla., schools has been steadily declining, the number of English language learners has increased 45 percent in six years. A growing piece of a shrinking pie, these students will more and more define the success of Pinellas schools. But they're not doing particularly well. English language learners in Pinellas perform significantly worse than their native-speaker peers on reading, math and science tests, and their scores are below average for English language learners across Florida.
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California failing to deliver vital instruction to thousands of English learner students
District Administration Magazine
The organizations have sent a demand letter to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and members of the State Board of Education urging them to fulfill their statutory and constitutional duties by taking specific steps detailed in a report. More than 20,000 English language students across 251 school districts — more than a quarter of California school districts that have English language students enrolled — have not been receiving any services to help them learn English. The lack of instruction violates legal mandates and is in spite of studies showing that English language students denied those services are more likely to fail or drop out of school.
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Des Moines instructor, once a refugee herself, can offer students special insight
Des Moines Register
Kim Nguyen doesn't have to speak the language to know how her students feel. She's lived their life. Nguyen, a Des Moines, Iowa, English language learner teacher, came to the United States as one of the "boat people" escaping Vietnam in 1980. Her journey has shaped her life and career. Nguyen has worked since 1990 in Des Moines schools.
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Indian English teachers should be welcome
Free Malaysia Today
Malaysia: Recently, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak introduced the idea of bringing in English teachers from India to raise Malaysian student's flagging English proficiency. Some comments were also made by the public about the purported heavy accent of Indian English teachers which Malaysian students may find difficult to grasp or understand. Truly, the older generation of Indians used to speak English with a heavy accent, but in the last three decades a lot of changes and improvements have been made especially in the Indian private and Missionary schools.
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Report urges colleges to pay more attention to adult and non-traditional learners
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The face of today's college student is changing. According to a new paper commissioned by the American Council on Education, students who enroll in college full time straight from high school comprise only 15 percent of current undergraduates, with the remainder largely made up of what are known as non- or post-traditional students. It is this group, the paper suggests, that will help the United States keep its competitive edge in the global economy — but only if a broad transformation of an educational system that currently fails to meet their needs occurs.
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Costa Rica offers cultural lessons
The Collegian
Costa Rica: Students can travel to Costa Rica this summer to earn upper-level Spanish credits. The trip, sponsored by Spanish instructor Alejandro Garza, lasts May 18 to June 15. "It's a very intense program because you're in school a long time and then you go to extracurricular activities and cultural activities," he said. During the trip, students stay with host families, study Spanish at Universidad Latina and volunteer at a local preschool. "The most popular activity outside the classroom is the volunteer project," Garza said. "The students have to go once a week to a preschool, and they have to teach the kids English. They also play games and do different activities."
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GCSE English students lose court battle
The Guardian
United Kingdom: Hopes that tens of thousands of GCSE English students might have their grades raised have been dashed after the high court ruled that measures exam authorities took last summer to combat grade inflation were lawful. Lord Justice Elias and Mrs. Justice Sharp ruled against an alliance of pupils, unions, schools and councils who alleged that the government's exam regulator, Ofqual, and the exam boards Edexcel and AQA had unfairly moved the boundary between a C and a D grade in English exams taken in June, in a last-minute "statistical fix" to counter inflation.
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Refugees in Iowa: Making a new home
The Shreveport Times
Kyaw Hay and his wife, Tar Paw Mu, are enduring their first frigid Iowa winter, and don't have enough clothing for their three young children. They frequently feel bewildered living in a strange place where they can't yet speak English. But the Burmese couple have a warm, safe and clean home in Des Moines, Iowa, with amenities they couldn't have imagined when they lived for a dozen years a world away in a refugee camp in Thailand. They finally have enough to eat. They are beyond grateful to be well. They are hopeful for the future.
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Why can some kids handle pressure while others fall apart?
The New York Times
Noah Muthler took his first state standardized test in third grade at the Spring Cove Elementary School in Roaring Spring, Pa. It was a miserable experience, said his mother, Kathleen Muthler. He was a good student in a program for gifted children. But, Muthler said, "he was crying in my arms the night before the test, saying: 'I'm not ready, Mom. They didn't teach us everything that will be on the test.'" In fourth grade, he was upset the whole week before the exam. "He manifests it physically," his mother said. "He got headaches and stomachaches. He would ask not to go to school."
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Improving the effectiveness of our teachers will help student achievement
Center for American Progress
For a third-grader sitting in a classroom trying to comprehend fractions, the ability of her teacher to help her understand this mathematical idea is vitally important. Without knowing this core concept the student may never be able to succeed in future math classes and beyond. The more we study teaching, the more apparent it is that excellent teaching is likely to lead to learning. In sum, this student's future in school may depend on the skill of the teacher in her classroom today.
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Students must learn more words, say studies
Education Week
Children who enter kindergarten with a small vocabulary don't get taught enough words — particularly, sophisticated academic words — to close the gap, according to the latest in a series of studies by Michigan early learning experts. The findings suggest many districts could be at a disadvantage in meeting the increased requirements for vocabulary learning from the Common Core State Standards, said study co-author Susan B. Neuman, a professor in educational studies specializing in early literacy development at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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Study seeks more effective teacher development
eSchool News
As the nation pushes to improve the quality of its public school teachers, it's pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into teacher development with little way to measure the results. In a small study in the Memphis, Tenn., City Schools, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is testing two ways to help, then measuring their effects on student test scores.
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Can breakfast make kids smarter?
University of Pennsylvania via Science Daily
New research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found that children who regularly have breakfast on a near-daily basis had significantly higher full scale, verbal and performance IQ test scores. In one of the first studies to examine IQ and breakfast consumption, researchers examined data from 1,269 children six years old in China, where breakfast is highly valued, and concluded that children who did not eat breakfast regularly had 5.58 points lower verbal, 2.50 points lower performance, and 4.6 points lower total IQ scores than children who often or always ate breakfast after adjusting for seven sociodemographic confounders.
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Study to compare coaching and online collaboration for teachers' PD
The Commercial Appeal
As the nation pushes to improve the quality of its public school teachers, it's pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into professional development with little way to measure the results. In a small study, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is testing two ways to help, then measuring their effects on test scores. One group of teachers is getting eight rounds of one-on-one coaching. The second has constant access to an online learning community to talk and collaborate with other site members. The research will continue two years. Results will be released in 2014.
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Anxious about tests? Tips to ease students' angst
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As any parent or teacher knows, tests can create crippling anxiety in students–and anxious kids can perform below their true abilities. But new research in cognitive science and psychology is giving us a clearer understanding of the link between stress and performance, and allowing experts to develop specific strategies for helping kids manage their fears. These potential solutions are reasonably simple, inexpensive and, as recent studies show, effective. Some work for a broad range of students, while others target specific groups. Yet they're unfamiliar to many teachers and parents, who remain unaware that test anxiety can be so easily relieved.
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Does the smartphone have a place in the classroom?
THE Journal
With an increasing number of social networks and technologies commanding more and more of our students' time and attention, are we too far gone to successfully integrate smartphones and mobile technologies into classroom learning?
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