ELL portfolios boosted Virginia schools' scores

08/28/2008 | Washington Post, The

Allowing Virginia's English-language learners to demonstrate their progress through portfolios, rather than the standardized reading tests taken by classmates who speak English fluently, likely contributed to the rising scores for many northern Virginia schools that have many immigrant students, educators say. "We are now using an appropriate test," said Fairfax County Superintendent Jack Dale.

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