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Grade expectations
Language Magazine
The idea of some "one size fits all" assessment for the nation is daunting when you consider the regional variations of this vast nation. English language learners pose a particular challenge to test developers, who not only have to consider that questions should be as culturally appropriate for a child in Des Moines as one in Santa Ana but also have to take into account the laws of certain states designed to level the assessment playing field. Currently the Common Core State Standards only cover math and English. While it may be unrealistic to expect Spanish translations of the English assessments, unless we want to assess literacy and comprehension in any language, translations of math items and inclusion of cross-cultural contexts are crucial for ensuring that ELLs perform as well as possible on CCSS assessments.
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Working memory in English language development
By Beth Crumpler
Working memory is crucial to learning. It is the human mind's processing of information to complete tasks. When people have problems with their working memory, they struggle with retaining information in the short term that is vital to learning in the long term. English language learners are extremely susceptible to deficiencies with working memory functionality due to the anxiety, fear and stress learning a second language can cause. Teachers of ELLs must keep vigilant watch for the signs of working memory struggles in students.
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11 tips on teaching Common Core critical vocabulary
Edutopia
Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment. Making the critical words second nature to our students will enhance achievement on assessments and will be useful in college and career.

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Does geography influence how a language sounds?
National Geographic
Languages spoken at high altitudes are more likely to contain a certain kind of sound made using short bursts of air, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is the first to show that geography can influence how a language sounds.

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Cutting to the Common Core: Making vocabulary No. 1
Language Magazine
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS, 2010) call upon students to tackle increasingly complex informational and narrative texts and articulate their comprehension using academic register.

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GAO: Race to Top states have mixed record on teacher evaluation
Education Week
Race to the Top states are having differing degrees of success with what has turned out to be one of the toughest tasks required by the Obama administration's marquee competitive-grant program: crafting new teacher evaluations that take student performance into account, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm. Sustaining the new evaluation systems is going to be a tall order for nearly all Race to the Top states. But overall, most Race to the Top states are happy with the level of support they're getting from the U.S. Department of Education.
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US Education Department issues guidance on 'double-testing' flexibility
Education Week
In a new guidance issued, the U.S. Department of Education offered states the chance to suspend their current tests this spring, as long as they administer field tests being designed by the two common-assessment consortia in math and English/language arts. States that use that option will not have to report the results of the field tests, according to the federal guidance on statewide testing. In a letter to state schools superintendents, Deborah S. Delisle, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, explained the options for states as they transition their testing regimens to reflect the Common Core State Standards.
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US states still holding back on school spending
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Public schools around the United States are still waiting to feel the recovery from an economic recession that officially ended four years ago, mostly because states have kept education spending low and property taxes remain depressed, according to a report released on Thursday. At least 34 states are providing less funding per student in the current school year than before the recession hit. Moreover, at least 15 have lower funding than a year ago, according to the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which closely tracks state spending.
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California Santa Rosa schools dealing with lower-than-expected scores among English language learners
The Press Democrat
New figures show English language learners in Sonoma County, Calif.'s, largest school district are lagging well behind their peers in key academic areas while officials acknowledged that the deficiencies have caught them largely unawares. English language learners in Santa Rosa City Schools graduate at a far lower rate than their peers and score well below their classmates in both English language arts and math. But the district wide achievement gap has caught officials — still reeling from years of deep budget cuts and punitive mandates required for schools and districts that failed to meet escalating federal No Child Left Behind standards — off guard.
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Portland, Ore., public schools could see multiple new language immersion programs by fall of 2014
The Oregonian
Portland, Ore., public schools could see new dual language immersion programs in Mandarin, Vietnamese and Spanish in the fall of 2014, according to the latest update from the district's language immersion officials. By the end of October, the district hopes to have specific recommendations for dual language immersion expansion for the fall of 2014, Debbie Armendariz, the interim director of dual language immersion, told the board. Dual language immersion teaches students core content in both English and a foreign language in an attempt to foster fluency. The district helped launch some of the state's first language immersion programs two decades ago.
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University admissions tutors across globe back English language test
The Guardian
United Kingdom: As more and more students seek to study abroad, it is critical that higher education institutions have a comprehensive and consistent measure to assess applicants' English-language proficiency. The TOEFL iBT test is now recognized by more than 9,000 institutions worldwide and continues to serve more institutions than any other assessment in evaluating English proficiency of applicants from around the world.
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Back to school time is a second chance for adult learners
Denton Publications
Families across the United States are preparing to send their children back to school with new book bags and school supplies. Back to school is also a time for some of the 30 million American adults who cannot read beyond a third grade level to consider taking steps to overcome their literacy challenges. Many of these adults find ways to hide this fact from their coworkers and friends — even their own families. Common avoidance techniques include finding an excuse to steer clear of reading aloud, hiding their writing from others, or committing everything to memory to avoid jotting things down.
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Employers can help win the war on bad grammar
Financial Times
United Kingdom: While the British summer sun was shining more brightly than it had in years, a stormy email arrived about English grammar. "The whole downward process could well be becoming virtually irreversible," my correspondent said. "My experience is very much that the teachers, anyway in England (and I expect it is even worse in the U.S.), now are incapable of teaching grammar and the proper writing of English, having themselves never been taught it."
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11 tips on teaching Common Core critical vocabulary
Edutopia
Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment. Making the critical words second nature to our students will enhance achievement on assessments and will be useful in college and career. To process and store the academic vocabulary of the standards, our students' brains require an efficient automatic memory system. This system, also called nonmotor procedural memory, stores information that is repeated, such as multiplication tables, song lyrics, words and definitions.
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