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Arne Duncan: Revamping of ELL Tests Is a Difficult Issue

By Mary Ann Zehr — March 04, 2010 1 min read

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that learning how to revamp tests for English-language learners and students with disabilities might be the toughest question that needs to be tackled with reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, according to an article written by my colleague Alyson Klein about yesterday’s hearing held by the House Education and Labor Committee.

At the hearing, Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., asked how the Department of Education would like to change testing for those groups of students.

Duncan mentioned that he has tapped Alexa Posney, the assistant secretary for special education, and Thelma Melendez, the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education and a former English-language learner herself, to address how best to assess ELLs and students with disabilities.

I’ve blogged about a forum that the department held in Denver in January regarding testing for ELLs.

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