|8-8-17 Education in the News|
Education Week--Is a New English-Proficiency Test Too Hard? Educators and Experts Debate.
Roughly 2 million students took ACCESS 2.0 exams this past school year, encountering new standards that aim to raise the bar for English-language proficiency.
In many of the 35 states that belong to the WIDA consortium—and use ACCESS 2.0, the common test it designed to assess students’ language proficiency—scores plummeted under the more demanding requirements.
For school systems large and small, educating more English-learners than they planned for has meant potential budgeting, scheduling, and staffing crises.
But some districts won’t feel the full brunt of the change right away.
Facing potential bottlenecks in the pipelines that move hundreds of thousands of students from the status of English-language learner to English-proficient each school year, states across the country are re-examining when students make the transition.
Corey Mitchell| August 4, 2017
Garden State Coalition of Schools