A San Francisco Judge Rules That English-Only Tests Are OK

By Mary Ann Zehr — May 22, 2007 1 min read
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A San Francisco judge has ruled in a case that is being very closely watched in California that the state doesn’t have to provide its standardized tests used for the No Child Left Behind Act in Spanish or languages other than English, according to an article published today in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The article notes that plaintiffs in the case, Coachella Valley Unified School District v. California, argued that California has “violated its duty to provide valid and reliable academic testing” for English-language learners. The judge disagreed.

The article says it’s not clear if the attorneys for the eight school districts that sued the state will appeal the decision. California has 1.6 million English-language learners, most who are Spanish-speaking, so the ruling is a big deal.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.