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A Critique of the TABE Assessment

Sep 24th, 2016 | By
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By YUCHENG CAO —Introduction The teachers in my placement school (LA Technology Center) all use Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to assess the skills and knowledge of their adult learners. In the evidence-based reading instruction (EBRI) class that I have been observing, the host teacher employs the reading test of TABE 9&10 to assess
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New Legislation a Positive Step for Progress on EL Policy

May 10th, 2016 | By
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By JEFF FROST As the 2016 session of the state legislature gets started, three bills have been introduced that CATESOL is watching closely; they should have significant impacts on improving opportunities for English learners. AB 2350 (Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach) would prohibit English learners (ELs) in middle and high school from being prevented from enrolling
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Introducing the CATESOL Twitter
Professional Learning Network (PLN)

Mar 19th, 2016 | By
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By MERARI WEBER, EdD —Being part of a professional learning community (PLN) is a vital source for community, information sharing, and networking.  As a novice Twitter user, I have been exploring how to use Twitter in a professional setting and have been a part of a few PLNs (#edchat, #TOSAchat, #SCEduChat, and most recently, #ci149).
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Unions: The Only Answer for ESL?

Mar 19th, 2016 | By
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USC’s ESL Faculty Votes to Unionize By IXCHELL REYES —“We are not really part of the university” is a statement that echoes in the ears of teachers of Intensive English Programs (IEPs) everywhere. Because noncredit IEPs are often not under the university umbrella, IEP faculty don’t enjoy the same resources as faculty teaching credit courses.
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Developing a New Accountability and Continuous Improvement System

Mar 19th, 2016 | By
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By JEFF FROST —The State Board of Education (SBE) is in the process of developing a new school accountability system and will continue the debate at its March SBE meeting. California’s new accountability system will build on the foundations of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), consisting of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP),
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Obama’s Signature Ends NCLB; Every Student Succeeds Act Shifts Standards Setting to States

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By
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By JEFF FROST —On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law a new education reauthorization bill that had been worked on for several weeks by congressional representatives. The new law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), makes a number of important changes to how education policy will be handled and allows states, not
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Journal Editors Announce Latest Issue

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By
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By MARGI WALD and MARK ROBERGE —The latest issue of The CATESOL Journal, Volume 27, Number 2, is now available at www.catesoljournal.org. Content Preview This second issue of 2015 is jam-packed: two theme sections, two feature articles, and an array of reviews. The first theme section, “The Internationalization of Higher Education: Examining Issues, Maximizing Outcomes,”
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Save the Dates for CATESOL’s Regional Conferences!

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By

—The dates for CATESOL’s regional conferences are set, and proposals are due soon for the LA and San Diego conferences. Check in on their respective websites for more details as they become available. LA Regional CATESOL Conference CATESOL LA Regional Presents: “Teach Locally, Think Globally” with Plenary Speaker Marianne Celce-Murcia 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday,
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Da Bomb Says: Da Board—
Who Are We?—You!

Sep 29th, 2015 | By
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By ELLEN LANGE —In 2011, I was ready to do some volunteer CATESOL work again after a hiatus from being College/University Level chair and after retiring from full-time teaching in 2010. And from there it all began. I accepted the challenge when Paige Endo and Vittoria Abbate-Maghsoudi, Northern California Conference liaisons, tapped Betsy Gilliland (now
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Exit Exam Suspension Goes
to Governor for Signature

Sep 29th, 2015 | By

By JEFF FROST —For several months the legislature has been working on whether to suspend the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) while the state determines whether to change the requirements, making them more compatible with our Common Core State Standards, use multiple measures as a replacement for the current CAHSEE, or eliminate an exit
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