Blue Ribbon School is ELL Success Story

By Mary Ann Zehr — December 19, 2008 1 min read
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The Washington Post reports some good news today in the world of English-language learners. The article says that 91 of the 98 ELLs at Highland Elementary School in Montgomery County, Md.--a school now tapped for a coveted educational honor--passed the state’s reading test this year.

The school is one of six recently nominated by the Maryland State Department of Education for the U.S. Department of Education’s “blue ribbon” schools program.

Also, the Post reported today that the Maryland State Board of Education has approved a policy that enables some seniors at risk of not graduating, including English-language learners, to seek a waiver from the state’s new exit exam. The class of 2009 is the first to be affected by the new exit-exam requirements.

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