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How to better serve English language learners

from TribTalk

Students, parents and teachers are often skeptical about the value of standardized tests. However, if tests are designed and used thoughtfully, they can be a positive force for teaching and learning, and this is particularly true for English language learners. ELL students, many of whom are born in the United States, come to school with diverse cultural backgrounds and varying command of the English language. Accurate and useful information about students' English-language proficiency is needed to identify students who are ELLs, provide them with appropriate instructional support, track their progress in learning English and inform decisions about when they are ready to exit ELL programs. more

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