Shift to new test boosts Arizona's English-learners' pass rate

Arizona education officials say more than twice as many English-learners last year passed the Stanford English Language Proficiency Test than did the year prior because the new test is better aligned to classroom standards. Critics, however, contend it's too easy. Some experts believe a single assessment shouldn't be used to determine whether students are ready to be mainstreamed.

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