A substantial body of research clearly indicates that utilizing specific instructional modifications as well as targeted pedagogical strategies can accelerate ELLs’ academic achievement and English language acquisition.
As a result, ELLs’ academic performance can be comparable to their English proficient (EP) counterparts.
A recent Education Week article announced Tech Challenges Lead Oklahoma to Opt Out of PARCC Exams. Only 15% of Oklahoma schools have the minimal infrastructure and computing devices eeded to participate in the PARCC Common Core Assessments.
Our goal with close reading is not just to pass a test, perform above a “cut score,” or read closely because the teacher said so. Sure, the current emphasis on close reading may be due to CCR Reading Anchor Standard 1 , but is that really what we want for our children, grandchildren, and students?
With a Lexile of 950, Bud, Not Buddy was considered a book for 7th and 8th graders a few years ago, but now it's considered appropriate for 5th and 6th graders. Island of the Blue Dolphins used to be placed in the 8-10 grade band, but now Lexile includes it in grades 7 and 8.
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