Jefferson County schools want waiver for English learners

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jefferson County Public Schools is asking for a waiver to keep the test scores of some immigrant students who are not proficient in English from being counted against their schools.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1Cnu6Nw) English-language learners in Kentucky are granted one year of English instruction before their scores start counting toward schools’ and districts’ accountability scores. Under the waiver, those students’ test scores would not count toward their school’s overall performance until the students were proficient in English.

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David Jones Jr. is chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Education. He said the scores would still go to the district so that the district can look at how English-language learners are being educated as a whole.

The Kentucky Board of Education is expected to consider the waiver in June.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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