I just posted on English/ESL:
I am coming out of mothballs to draw your attention to something very significant from the USA. To quote an email which has just arrived:
As a valued edweek.org user, you are invited in for a sneak preview of Quality Counts 2009: Portrait of a Population. The official release date for this highly valued annual report is tomorrow, so you will be among the first to view it. View it now: www.edweek.org/go/qc09
In addition to giving you access to this annual report, the rest of edweek.org has been opened so that you will have access to everything premium subscribers can access from Jan. 7 through Jan. 19.
Quality Counts 2009 provides you with the nationwide report card on the continual push for K-12 school improvement you have come to rely on. In addition, the special focus of this year’s report is how English-language learners are putting schools to the test. Specifically, you’ll learn how:
· Immigration transforms communities challenged by changing demographic patterns, straining the capacity of school districts.
· English-learners pose a policy puzzle for states and school districts as they push to boost student achievement overall.
· The rights of ELLs and the case law and statutes to provide them quality education continue to evolve.
· And much more!