As a Title I school that only serves students up to second grade, Baker Elementary School in Wayland, MI realized they needed to start teaching fundamental reading skills as early as possible in order to affect learning gains.
In April of this year, edweek.org reported on the challenges facing the two Common Core assessment consortia in creating a level playing field for English language learners (ELLs).
English Language Learners (ELLs), have a challenging, sometimes daunting task ahead of them. They must learn and master rigorous academic content, while also acquiring the English language.
There are two converging ground swells in American education right now.
On the one hand, 45 states are implementing a universal set of standards that seek to not only direct teachers in what students should know at a certain level, but why they should know it and how they should be able to use it.
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