Research shows that the most common problems English language learners is that of understanding meaning of academic texts. Teachers need to ensure they are also helping their students making important literary and deeper comprehension connections.
With 1 in 4 of the nation's English Language Learners students living in California, this federal early learning plan also has the potential to be groundbreaking in that it ensures all children get the strong start they need to succeed in school.
I have long been perplexed by the dilemma that test-driven "reform" created. Teachers cannot remain silent as our integrity is assailed and as corporate "reformers" follow their marketing plan and launch one outrageous attack on public schools after another.