Originally posted by pawnhandler
In elementary school, the students who don't pass the AZELLA are required to take a four-hour dedicated block of time for English. Our district uses a crappy program called Avenues. However, our two-hour reading block for the whole school is allowed to be included in that four-hour block. That means that those children who are ELL at that level are do I assure you that I'm not going to jail for writing a few words in Spanish on my chalkboard.
OK. Well, it sounds like I overreacted a little bit (though not entirely). I thought non-English was banned from the classroom. "English is to be the language of instruction" ... "English immersion"...etc. When I took a Spanish class and the teacher was using the immersion model no English was permitted at all.
However, it does seem that students who don't pass the AZELLA don't get the same number of instructional hours in math and science as students who do. And yet you verify that they do need to pass the same tests. Even if they didn't, they will not be properly prepared for college.
Clearly this is not fair and will lead to ethnically determined educational outcomes on a statistical level. Isn't Arizona second to last in students passing the high school test?
What are the numbers for AIMS passing by ethnicity?