Thursday, September 12, 2013

National effort underway to streamline English-language learning guidelines

Many states are trying to standardize their guidelines under a national program. This would help make sure they are all learning at the same pace.  - - Donna Poisl

By Carly Sharec

With identifying and classifying English-language learners traditionally left up to states and individual school systems, a new movement is pushing to nationalize those standards.

That general push for one set of guidelines is comparable to states joining Common Core, a national set of standards that the majority of states have adopted.

Georgia currently belongs to a 33-state consortium called the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium.

“It’s a set of language standards,” said Cindy Tu, interim English for Speakers of Other Languages coordinator with the Hall school system. “It’s really a focal of academic language, and they really have gone into detail and looked at the features of academic language.”
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