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"Education needs to further examine data collection on English-language learners in charter schools"

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More than a third of charter schools in 2010-11 did not disclose the number of English-language learners in their data reports to the federal government, says a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The report from last month found 37 percent of charters left blank a question dealing with the English-learner population at the school.

The omissions could be partly definitional, the GAO concludes. The form asks schools for the number of students enrolled in "English-language instruction educational programs" without clearly defining "program." The GAO urges the Department of Education to systemically evaluate data-reporting practices in charter schools to see how often such omissions occur.

Vol. 33, Issue 02, Page 5

Published in Print: August 28, 2013, as English-Language Learners
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