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Maths and science in English ensure mastery of the language and the subjects
New Straits Times Online
Malaysia: Teaching mathematics and science in English will ensure mastery of the language and the subjects, as well as help gain wider knowledge in the related fields of studies. Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said this was because English is an internationally-recognized language and widely used in the fields of mathematics and science.
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Why Florida is fighting the US Education Department over English learners
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A 10th grader born in Haiti struggles to read in his class at Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida. The student is more comfortable with Haitian Creole than English. Teacher Althea Valle has students of various nationalities trying to master the language. "It's a challenge," Valle says. "There's a lot of gesturing, and you know sometimes I feel like I'm onstage and sometimes I have to be onstage to make myself understood."
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Cutting to the Common Core: Sticking to the script
Language Magazine (commentary)
My father, who had no more than an eighth-grade education, wrote in a beautiful Palmer hand. His one-room schoolhouse education did not promise to take him far, but it did allow him to place words on paper in an elegant and readable manner. And this skill had practical utility beyond its aesthetic beauty, since he worked for many years as a bookkeeper. But the public value of handwriting has diminished during the ensuing century. In fact, the Common Core State Standards don't even mention handwriting, cursive, or manuscript printing.
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TESOL announces 2015 convention keynotes
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TESOL announces the featured keynote speakers for the annual 2015 International Convention & English Language Expo scheduled for 25–28 March. Featured speakers include TESOL President Yilin Sun, Sonia Nieto, and Jim Cummings, among others. View the full press release here.
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Why Florida is fighting the US Education Department over English learners
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A 10th grader born in Haiti struggles to read in his class at Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida. The student is more comfortable with Haitian Creole than English.

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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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Standardized tests must measure up
The Washington Post (commentary)
Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education, writes: "As a parent, I want to know how my children are progressing in school each year. The more I know, the more I can help them build upon their strengths and interests and work on their weaknesses. The more I know, the better I can reinforce at home each night the hard work of their teachers during the school day. The standardized tests my kids take are one gauge on the dashboard, but parents and educators know that tests are not the only indicator."
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As overtesting outcry grows, education leaders pull back on standardized tests
The Christian Science Monitor
As the outcry against the overtesting of American children has grown, state and local education leaders — in a move endorsed by President Barack Obama — have announced a new focus on dialing back the volume of standardized testing and dialing up the quality.
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Many schools are still getting less funding than they were before the Great Recession
The Huffington Post
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities contains depressing news for schools. According to the report, at least 30 states are providing districts with less funding than they were prior to the Great Recession. States started slashing their education budgets as a result of the 2007-2009 recession. However, the impact of the cuts has apparently continued to linger, even as the country's economic outlook has improved, the report concludes. While state funding for students improved slightly in the 2014-2015 school year, that additional funding has not completely restored budgets to their previous levels.
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Ensuring early reading literacy
District Administration Magazine
A reading interventionist might be a district’s best friend. Lake Orion Community Schools in Michigan broke new ground two years ago with its Kindergarten Reading Early Intervention Program. The unique initiative pairs full-time reading interventionists with teachers in Lake Orion's 24 kindergarten classrooms to boost the early literacy of the district's youngest students. "Our educators are encouraged to think outside of the box to enhance student achievement," Superintendent Marion Ginopolis says.
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Georgia preschool providers to launch program for English learners
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is launching a new initiative designed to help preschool providers better identify and support children that are learning English. The initiative announced this week will assist practitioners in identifying dual language learners, children that are learning English and one or more languages, and supporting their language development — a key factor for school readiness. By providing training and technical assistance, DECAL aims to have early care and education practitioners as well as school district personnel equipped with tools and strategies to support English and home language development.
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ESL students experience new teaching standards in Garden City, Kan.
KSNW-TV
For many students in southwest Kansas, English is their second language, and now, the teaching standards for them are changing. For nearly 50 percent of students in the Garden City School District, English is their second language. Even with a growing number of ESL kids across the state, there has been a disconnect between ESL students' education and non-ESL classes. Before this year, public schools operated on a system that had new standards of learning for every grade.
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Study: State and district tests frequent, but take little instructional time
Education Week
The Washington-based Center for American Progress released a report looking at how much time students spend taking state- and district-required tests. The report coincided with a joint announcement from the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of the Great City Schools that the groups would work together to reduce unnecessary testing while staying the course on annual standardized assessments.
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Increasing rigor in the classroom
By: Brian Stack
Every teacher wants to be able to say that he or she is increasing rigor in the classroom. How does a teacher go about doing that? It isn't enough for a teacher to make tests longer or add a comprehensive project to the curriculum. To increase rigor in the classroom, teachers need to get to the heart of what rigor is and understand the levels of rigor that exist so that they can evaluate their own teaching practices and build a plan to increase rigor from there.
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