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Creating More Equitable Assessment for ELLs

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Since the creation in 2002 of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), accountability and assessment of public education in the United States has been based on annual standardized state tests. These tests have been used to determine the effectiveness of states, districts, schools, and teachers in helping students learn. Public school students in the…

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ELL Students and the Digital Experience

Schools continue to move toward digital lessons and digital experiences for students. Most students are digital natives and are comfortable in this world. However, not all students have equal access. How does the digital revolution affect ELL students? Some ELL students are very comfortable with technology and how it works, while others are using it…

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Pathways to Translation Solutions

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To translate is defined as “to render or express in another language.” It also means to explain in simple language, to interpret or infer significance, and to transform or convert. A translation involves all of these aspects and more. Expert translation requires: command of the source and target languages, a deep understanding of the cultural…

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4 Keys to Developing Spanish Assessments

World Languages & Education #1 … an ongoing series As we discussed in recent posts, the assessment market is in flux. But this is nothing new. The passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2002 disrupted the market, and for some companies this turned out to be a boon, as spending on state-level assessments nearly tripled in…

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Dual Language Programs and the Bilingual Advantage

As a college student, I spent a semester studying abroad in Italy. My embarrassment stumbling over new words will be familiar to many language learners. Whether asking for directions, ordering food, or attending class, I struggled to keep up as I frantically translated my thoughts from English to Italian. One night, after one of those…

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Expert Translation for Education Markets

Spanish: The Greatest Impact on Education Outcomes To achieve a brighter future in the United States, our students will need to be accomplished in math and science, adept in technology, and fluent and literate in English. There are, however, hurdles to jump. One is language. In 2014, the largest numbers of new immigrants came from…

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Tech Tip: Video Subtitles in Multiple Languages

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Perhaps your educational products are now being published in other countries. If your products use video, that poses a problem: How can I efficiently create videos that can work in multiple languages? Watch this video for quick tip we think you will find useful when subtitles are an option.

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U.S. Education Market Snapshot: English Language Learners (ELLs)

U.S. State Map of Highest Density of English Language Learners (ELLs)

The Early Days In the 1960s, Victoria Porras attended Melrose High School in Massachusetts as an exchange student from Bogotá, Colombia. She was far from home. Her host family, teachers, and new schoolmates were friendly and eager to help, but the everyday English spoken in the Boston area is accented, idiomatic, and studded with acronyms.…

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Professional Translation and How To Avoid Flying Naked

Why is it important to have a professional write and translate your product? In this era of new technology and immediacy, it is easy to get carried away with the specialized tools available to get the work done. But remember, they are only tools, which means they are only as good and effective as the…

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Talking to the Test—Spanish Localization

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When people ask us to do a translation project, one of the first things to resolve is: Will localization be required? Localization depends on the target market. A translation for a Texas market will be different from one for New York or Florida. Localization is especially important for high-stakes assessment, where accessibility is paramount. Whether…

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