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Although the Modern Language Association reported a 6.9% decrease in college foreign language class enrollment in 2013, dual language elementary programs are on the rise. It is a common assumption that students in bilingual education programs will come out with a mediocre handle on two languages, resulting in no mastery and lower overall performance. However, researchers say that students will...

A recent paper on the importance of policy implementation as it relates to educational standards by Ashley Jochim and Lesley Lavery explores the creation and implementation of the new Common Core State Standards. In a idealistic effort to ensure that “all students, regardless of where they live, are graduating high-school prepared for college, career, and life,” (Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), 2015),...

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Kate Kinsella offers an action plan to encourage second language learners to participate in constructive classroom discussion A primary goal of English language development and world-language coursework is to ensure that students develop the verbal and written language skills to communicate effectively in social and academic settings. To develop communicative competence, students at all grade levels and proficiency levels need...

Some states, such as Utah and California, very clearly allow students to opt out of annual testing for any reason, according to a research brief published by the Education Commission of the States. Others, such as Oregon and Pennsylvania, allow students to be excused from testing to accommodate religious beliefs. However, widespread protests against the Common Core-aligned standards began...

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Timothy Shanahan reassesses the role of handwriting in literacy development 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...

Survey says most educators feel unprepared for CCSS, especially ELL teachers. As students return to school from the Summer break and districts scramble to prepare for the full administration of the assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a new survey shows that teachers are feeling less confident about CCSS than ever. Teachers of English language learners (ELLs)...

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Hillary Wolfe recommends building strategic scaffolds to assist adolescent writing One of the biggest instructional shifts resulting from the Common Core State Standards is the increased emphasis on writing. Students will be expected to write in all content areas, for various purposes, and over varying lengths of time (Writing Anchor Standard 10). Argument writing has been elevated to a high...

Lawmakers in Oklahoma have voted to repeal Common Core Standards for English and Mathematics, despite their introduction in over 40 other states. The house voted 71-18 on Friday to reject the Common Core standards, replacing them with specific standards developed by the Oklahoma state Board of Education. The bill was then passed by the Senate at a 31-10 vote and...

Protesters in Sacramento, CA held a rally yesterday against the introduction of Common Core standards. Many California schools have already implemented changes and students are preparing to take tests based on the new curriculum, despite ongoing resistance across the United States. Concerned citizens gathered for the event on the southeast side of the Captiol building yesterday, organized by groups:...

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Kate Kinsella advocates the use of narrow reading units as a portal to word knowledge and literate discourse I provide consultancy and professional development for districts across the nation that are striving to support English learners and under-resourced students in making viable academic language and literacy advances. I am observing with increasing concern as well-intended English language arts...