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Reclassification patterns among Latino English learner students in bilingual, dual immersion and English immersion classrooms
SAGE Journal
Schools are under increasing pressure to reclassify their English learner students to "fluent English proficient" status as quickly as possible. This article examines timing to reclassification among Latino ELs in four distinct linguistic instructional environments: English immersion, transitional bilingual, maintenance bilingual, and dual immersion. Using hazard analysis and 12 years of data from a large school district, the study investigates whether reclassification timing, patterns or barriers differ by linguistic program.
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Testing reformed
Language Magazine
A major benefit of the technology revolution in education is the ability to monitor student learning activities in much greater detail than previously possible. Not only can we measure progress, but we can, for the first time, measure the quality and efficiency of the learning process. This article presents some of the innovations we have developed for our English language learning programs, which are now used in more than 50 countries.
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Narmada tribal girls learn language of power — English
The Times of India
India: The next time you visit Narmada district, don't be surprised if young tribal girls greet you in English. Thanks to the police department, hundreds of tribal girls are undergoing training in spoken English at Dediapada taluka. Police in Rajpipla taluka have also launched a unique initiative to train the tribal girls in spoken English for free. The girls, most of whom are school dropouts, turn up at Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalaya every day to learn new English words and mannerisms.
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Testing reformed
Language Magazine
A major benefit of the technology revolution in education is the ability to monitor student learning activities in much greater detail than previously possible.

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English language tests inquiry declares thousands of results invalid
The Guardian
United Kingdom: More than 50,000 English language tests taken by overseas students to extend their British visas have been declared invalid or questionable as a result of an official investigation into cheating on a huge scale.

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Flexibility with English language learners
The Denver Post
The question of how to teach immigrant students has provoked perhaps the most bitter, rancorous debates in American education over the past 40 years.

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New federal legislation introduced to reduce mandated tests
Education Week
Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., is the latest member of Congress to introduce a bill that would significantly shrink the federal footprint on standardized testing. The Tackling Excessive Standardized Testing Act, introduced with the backing of the American Federation of Teachers, would allow states to choose an alternative testing regimen for students in grades 3 through 8.
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New York City education leaders pledge special attention to English learners
Education Week
The New York City public schools enroll nearly 160,000 English language learners — about 14.5 percent of all students in the city schools and a population that dwarfs most school districts in the United States. The city district has struggled to move its English learners to higher levels of achievement, even in the three years since it struck an agreement with state education officials to take several concrete actions meant to provide better instructional services for ELLs.
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English proficiency requirement changes
Montana Kaimin
When international students apply to the University of Montana next fall, they can expect tougher admission requirements. Starting fall 2015, potential undergraduate international students must have a higher English language proficiency test score to meet UM admission requirements. The majority of colleges and universities have higher requirement standards, said English Language Institute Director Sandra Janusch.
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When adult learners won't simply 'level up'
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The math problem was one of three — and the most complex — on the board that greeted students at the Literacy Action Center, a nonprofit organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah that provides math and literacy instruction for English-speaking adults with limited reading, writing and/or math skills. Most learners enter the program performing at less than a 5th grade level, though many in today's class began instruction at the Kindergarten level.
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Why girls get better grades than boys do
The Atlantic
As the new school year ramps up, teachers and parents need to be reminded of a well-kept secret: Across all grade levels and academic subjects, girls earn higher grades than boys. Not just in the United States, but across the globe, in countries as far afield as Norway and Hong Kong. This finding is reflected in a recent study by psychology professors Daniel and Susan Voyer at the University of New Brunswick. The Voyers based their results on a meta-analysis of 369 studies involving the academic grades of over one million boys and girls from 30 different nations. The findings are unquestionably robust: Girls earn higher grades in every subject, including the science-related fields where boys are thought to surpass them.
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Babies learn words differently as they age, researcher finds
University of Missouri-Columbia via Science Daily
A researcher has found that toddlers learn words differently as they age, and a limit exists as to how many words they can learn each day. These findings could help parents enhance their children's vocabularies and assist speech-language professionals in developing and refining interventions to help children with language delays.
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Computer tutors that can read students' emotions
The Hechinger Report
Human tutors — teachers who work closely with students, one on one — are unrivaled in their ability to promote deep and lasting learning. Education researchers have known this for more than 30 years, but until recently they haven't paid much attention to one important reason why tutoring is so effective: the management of emotion. Studies show that tutors spend about half their time dealing with pupils' feelings about what and how they're learning.
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How to make the most of your 10 minutes with teacher
NPR
So you finally get the chance to meet one on one with your child's teacher — now what? Like a good Boy Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference. The Harvard Family Research Project's Tip Sheet for Parents suggests reviewing your child's work, grades and past teacher feedback. Ask your child about his experience at school and make a list of questions ahead of time to ask during the conference. Care.com — a website that matches up parents and child caregivers — created a list of questions to print out and take with you. A good parent-teacher conference, experts say, should cover three major topics: the child, the classroom and the future.
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