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Gaps in Common Core resources for English language learners spark innovation, website reports
The Times-Picayune
Which group of students has particularly struggled with Common Core? English language learners, The Hechinger Report finds. The non-profit education website reports that the Common Core state standards and its aligned curriculums often aren't translated from English, which poses problems for limited-English speakers and the educators who teach them. In New York's public schools, 216,000 English language learners speak more than 160 languages. And academic performance historically has been low. Their graduation rate, at 31 percent, lags behind the state average of 75 percent.
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Some bilinguals use emoticons more when chatting in non-native language
University of Washington via Science Daily
Sometimes, a smile can say everything. But has :-) — the emoticon version of a happy grin — crossed that line into becoming a socially acceptable way of communicating? For some bilingual speakers, it turns out emoticons often are useful and may be used as vehicles to communicate when words and phrasing are difficult.
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As Common Core test season begins, teachers feel pressure
Education Week
According to the calendar, it's only two-thirds of the way through winter. But the spring testing season has begun. Tests in many states are being given earlier than they were last year, and that's putting pressure on teachers to cover as much content as they can before testing begins. The pinch is most acute in the District of Columbia and the 10 states that are administering the common exams developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.
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ETS survey: Licensure assessments
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States ceding power over classroom materials
Education Week
States are increasingly giving up a long-standing source of their power over education by allowing school districts to choose the instructional materials they use in the classroom. The shift in authority has taken shape little by little, mostly in the past four years, as one state after another has modified or thrown out its procedures for adopting textbooks and other kinds of print and online learning resources. Only 19 states are now considered "adoption states" — states that review textbooks and other resources and create lists of "approved" materials — by the Association of American Publishers.
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Hawaii granted federal testing waiver for language-immersion students
Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education has granted Hawaii a one-year waiver that will allow the state's Hawaiian-language-immersion students to be tested in that language only.
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English learners mastering language at quicker pace
The Oregonian
Over the past six years, Oregon schools have become dramatically more successful at helping students from other language backgrounds master English within five or six years. As a result, English as a second language courses have become sparse in middle and high schools, with elementary students accounting for more than 75 percent of those who get daily help acquiring English. As recently as 2008, it was much more rare for Oregon schools to complete the job of teaching English to non-native speakers by the end of elementary school. Instead, middle and high school students made up 40 percent of students still learning English.
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Going for a global high
Language Magazine
Last year, the Institute of International Education published a report entitled Charting New Pathways to Higher Education: International Secondary Students in the United States which offers considerable insight into the rapid growth in the number of overseas students coming to the U.S. to attend high school. Authored by Christine A. Farrugia and funded by the Department of State, the report found that the number of international students enrolled directly in U.S. secondary programs more than tripled from fall 2004 to fall 2013, while the number of exchange students grew only about 15 percent during the same period.
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More Middle Eastern students come to the US, find surprises
U.S. News & World Report
Middle Eastern students thinking about studying in the U.S. are in good company. Since 2000, the number of students from the Middle East and North Africa has more than tripled, according to a report released by the Institute of International Education. Saudi Arabia, which has one of the fastest-growing student populations in the U.S., sent nearly 54,000 students to the country during the 2013-2014 school year. That same year, the number of North African and Middle Eastern students coming to the states grew by 20 percent.
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Poll: Widespread misperceptions about the Common Core standards
The Washington Post
Many Americans are confused about the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll that finds widespread misperceptions that the academic standards — which cover only math and reading — extend to topics such as sex education, evolution, global warming and the American Revolution. A 55 percent majority said the Common Core covers at least two subjects that it does not, according to the survey that Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted and funded. Misperceptions were widespread, including among both supporters and opponents of the program and peaking among those who say they are paying the most attention to the standards.
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Do students like your teaching? Try this and find out
eSchool News (commentary)
What if we asked our students about the type of work they would prefer to do while in class? It may reveal a lot about their personal learning styles. These days, when I meet with students across the country, I perform a little experiment. After informing the class that they are to learn about Romeo and Juliet, and specifically how to go about interpreting the text, I present them with a choice between two teaching styles, in the form of two different teachers, who I call Teacher A and Teacher B.
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New tablet-based interactive ELL test
Language Magazine
This fall, Pearson is launching TELL (Test of English Language Learning), a tablet-based assessment developed to help schools assess progress of English Language Learners. TELL will employ one of the most tried and tested automated scoring technologies to give teachers quick access to the information they need to inform instruction, while providing district leaders with the data they need to meet state and federal reporting requirements.
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