A coalition that presented a set of core national-education standards last week plans to allow states to set their standards for English-language proficiency. States were required to have English-language-proficiency standards for the first time under No Child Left Behind, and 23 states already have aligned their ELL curricula with the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment. Other states with higher ELL numbers, such as Texas, New York and California, have drafted their own curricula and state tests.

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