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School accountability and equal access to arts education for ELLs

from By Beth Crumpler

In many U.S. school districts, ELLs who have not met proficiency on accountability benchmarks in reading and math on state standardized assessments for AYP are being denied access to arts education. Arts education is viewed as a fun, optional elective, while reading and math are considered core academic subjects for AYP. Since these ELL students struggle to meet grade-level expectations, reading and math remediation is often scheduled in lieu of arts education. Denial of the arts for these students is not a solution. Instead, use art as a tool for ELLs. more

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