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Testing with Sensitivity

1. How have school shutdowns changed the way educators view student assessments? With everything teachers were asked to do during the transition to remote learning, they had little time to dedicate to assessment. They...

Choosing and Using Tests Effectively

Right now, educators are contemplating several questions as they strive to prepare students for the fall. This is particularly true when it comes to assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their students. As an...

COVID’s Literacy Fallout

The metaphor “summer slide” has been used for decades to describe the essential skills that children lose over the summer when they’re out of school. Though this term was popular before 2020, unfortunately it...

Improving Language Equity for the Seals of Biliteracy

Heritage language learners add to the rich variety of the U.S.’s languages, yet all too often those very students are denied the recognition they deserve. The Seal of Biliteracy movement, which recognizes students who...

Questioning the Test

University admissions officers and faculty strive to recruit and admit students who, either at the time of admittance or after additional English language preparation, possess a level of English language ability that will enable...

Family Advice

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s recent report Education in a Pandemic: The Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on America’s Students: “For many elementary and secondary school students with disabilities, COVID-19 significantly disrupted the...

Make English Truly a World Language

The Caribbean Sea encompasses over 7,000 islands, including the famous tourist destinations of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Barbados. Taken all together, the Caribbean islands, sometimes referred to as the West Indies, are incredibly...

After Whiteness, Part Two

How many times have you seen an advertisement for an English teaching position that either implicitly or explicitly seeks a “native English speaker”? What ethnoracial background do you think the students and/or school administration...
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Curing Initiative Fatigue

Stacy Hurst and Laura Axtell explain how to kick off the new school year with buy-in from everyone For many educators, the beginning of the school year is the best of times and the worst...

A Road to Reading

We have learned the past 20 years, through cognitive science research, that over 90% of students can learn to read at grade level by third grade; however, the Nation’s Report Card in 2019 reported...
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