December 20, 2013

New York To Seek Federal Approval To Test English Language Learners in Native Languages


New York to Seek Federal Waiver to Test English-Learners in Native Languages
By Lesli A. Maxwell
December 16, 2013

Responding in part to concerns over assessment, New York education officials are preparing to ask the U.S. Department of Education for a waiver that would allow the state's eligible English-learners to take a language arts assessment in their native language rather than in English.

At least to start, New York officials say they would develop a language arts test in Spanish, as two-thirds of the state's English-learner population is Spanish-speaking. The state would offer the native language assessment option to ELLs who have attended schools in the United States for fewer than five years.

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