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English learners left behind : standardized testing as language policy

Author: Kate Menken
Publisher: Clevedon ; Buffalo : Multilingual Matters Ltd., ©2008.
Series: Bilingual education and bilingualism, 65.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the wake of recent federal legislation entitled No Child Left Behind, high-stakes standardized testing is being emphasized in educational systems across the US for all students - including English Language Learners (ELLs). Yet language proficiency mediates test performance, so ELLs typically receive scores far below those of other students. This book explores how tests have become de facto language policy in  Read more...
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Menken, Kate, 1968-
English learners left behind.
Clevedon ; Buffalo : Multilingual Matters Ltd, ©2008
(OCoLC)608594857
Online version:
Menken, Kate, 1968-
English learners left behind.
Clevedon ; Buffalo : Multilingual Matters Ltd, ©2008
(OCoLC)610033230
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Menken
ISBN: 9781853599989 1853599980 9781853599972 1853599972 9781853599996 1853599999
OCLC Number: 166391746
Description: viii, 207 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Part 1: Language Policy Context --
1. Introduction --
2. Language Policy, Federal Education Legislation, and English Language Learners in the United States --
3. The New York Case: The Local Implementation of a National Policy --
Part 2: Standardized Tests in Daily School Life --
4. Tongue-Tied: The Linguistic Challenges that Standardized Tests Pose for English Language Learners --
5. The Ones Left Behind: How High-Stakes Tests Impact the Lives and Schooling Experiences of ELL Students --
6. 'Teaching to the Test' as Language Policy: The Focus on Test Preparation in Curriculum and Instruction for ELLs --
Part 3: Expansion and Recommendations --
7. Higher Expectations vs. Language as Liability: Why the Drawbacks of Accountability Outweigh the Benefits for English Language Learners --
8. High-Stakes Testing and Language Un-Planning: Theoretical Implications of Testing as Language Policy --
9. Moving Forward: Embracing Multilingual Language Policies from the Top-Down to the Bottom-Up.
Series Title: Bilingual education and bilingualism, 65.
Responsibility: Kate Menken.
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