Tag Archives: English Language Learners

Has community-based accountability been impactful for English Learners?

What is community-based accountability? In 2012, I first conceptualized community-based accountability in the post Accountability: Are you ready for a new idea? Over the past several years, California has undertaken this new approach for its more than 4 million students (See all posts on community-based accountability). Local control has been a bedrock principle of public schooling in America since inception. In 2013,

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New Study: Are Charters beacons of opportunity for Special Needs Students?

The extent to which special student populations (ELL, Special Education and Economically Disadvantaged) gain access to charter schools is understudied. The new study Separate and Unequal?: The Problematic Segregation of Special Populations in Charter Schools Relative to Traditional Public Schools utilizes state, district, and local level data to understand the enrollment of high-need special populations in charter schools compared with non-charter public schools. Vasquez

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Federal regulations threaten Civil Rights of Latinos

Do the U. S. Department of Education (USDOE) recently proposed regulations threaten the civil rights of English Learner (EL) students? The new regulation (34 C.F.R. §299.19 (c) (3)) would eliminate the use of state content assessment results and other evidence of actual classroom performance in English Learner (EL) program exit decisions, violate the rights of thousands of Hispanic, Chinese, Haitian,

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School Choice: Students vs. Education Reformers

“Julian you are precocious” were the words that I heard that morning from Mrs. Wutke, one of my instructors in high school. That comment sent me scurrying for the dictionary. Nowadays, you turn to dictionary.com— which tells me that I was “flowering or fruiting earlier than usual.” Sadly, Mrs. Wutke was killed in a tragic car accident a few years

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Common Core & Chaos in Computerized Testing: Are New Assessments Valid, Reliable, Secure, Accessible, and Fair?

Guest post by Roxana Marachi, Ph.D. For latest update (as of September 8th, 2015) please see: Open Letter to CA State Board of Education on Release of [False] SBAC Scores [Original post from July 6th, 2015] A recent report from the Public Policy Institute reveals that the majority of California’s public school parents are uninformed about the new tests their children took this past year. And

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