Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Few States Meet NCLB Goals for English-Learners

Check out the three research briefs released by AIR:
"Title III Policy: State of the States"
"Title III Accountability: Behind the Numbers"
"Title II Accountability and District Improvement Efforts: A Closer Look"


By Mary Ann Zehr | Ed Week
May 12, 2010

Only 11 states met their accountability goals for English-language learners under the No Child Left Behind Act in the 2007-08 school year, concludes a study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education.

That same school year, 59 percent of school districts or district consortia that receive federal money for English-language-acquisition programs achieved all their goals for ELLs.

Those are some of the findings included in three research briefs released this month by the Washington-based American Institutes for Research. The briefs are precursors to a much more comprehensive study evaluating implementation of Title III, the section of the NCLB law that authorizes aid for English-language-acqusition programs, which is being underwritten with an Education Department grant for $2.7 million over three years.

The briefs do not report what proportion of districts or states met all their goals for ELLs in the 2006-07 school year.

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