"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Exit Exams: Another Trap for Immigrants

The large immigrant population in the United States, coupled with the brilliantly thought-out policy of instituting one-size-fits all high stakes exit exams for high school graduates, is leaving ESL students behind. A study by the Center on Education Policy and reported in the Boston Globe reveals immigrants are unfairly targeted by state requirements on graduation tests. The implications are huge as 9 out of 10 limited-English students will face high-stakes tests in their state by 2012.

Another reason that holding all children to the same standards doesn't work.

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