Limited-English-proficient students who have attended an English-speaking school for two years must take state tests. Now state officials are pushing more students who speak little English to take the high-stakes tests. Many teachers argue that state tests are too difficult for students with minimal English skills and say that low scores on the exams could be demoralizing. The number of students in Maryland who speak other languages has grown to 23,915, up 40% since 1995.
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