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Education Groups Say ELLs Shouldn’t Be Tested Until They Know English

By Mary Ann Zehr — May 21, 2007 1 min read
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Six large education organizations--including the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the National School Boards Association--contend that any measure reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act should ensure that educators won’t have to test English-language learners until after they show “comprehension of English.” They don’t spell out how many months of instruction would enable the average English-language learner to be able to understand English or how educators would determine if students can do that.

View the groups’ May 18 statement on reauthorization of NCLB here.

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