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Why Florida Is Fighting The U.S. Education Department Over English Learners

Althea Valle teaches a class of ELL's. She says of the new federal requirement, "I think it’s going to put a lot of pressure on the schools to get these kids where we think they should be."

A 10th grader born in Haiti struggles to read in his class at Godby High School in Tallahassee. The student is more comfortable with Haitian Creole than English. Teacher Althea Valle has students of various nationalities trying to master the language. “It’s a challenge,” Valle says. “There’s a lot of gesturing, and you know sometimes I [...]

Union Worried Testing Could Cause Public To Turn On Common Standards

About 10,000 educators from around the country are in Atlanta this week for the National Education Association’s annual meeting. The group will debate issues from school safety to immigration reform as the NEA develops its legislative priorities for the coming year. Florida Education Association President Andy Ford says Common Core State Standards and assessments will [...]

Hillsborough Students Get Bragging Rights in Assessment of Urban Districts

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is out with the math and reading scores for fourth and eighth graders in the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA). The first TUDA was offered in 2002 and is given every other year. It assesses the performance of public school students and compares scores for 21 urban districts [...]

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