California districts sue state over testing rules

06/2/2005 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Ten California school districts and a group of organizations filed a lawsuit yesterday against the state, alleging a rule requiring English-learners to take tests in English violates a NCLB provision saying schools may test students in their native language for up to five years. The districts argue that school systems with large numbers of English-learners are unfairly penalized by the rule. A spokesman for California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said it was unrealistic to create tests covering the 100-plus languages spoken in the state's schools.

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