January 26, 2013

Article: Many Barriers for English Learners on Regents Exams

From http://www.uticaod.com/news/x1146196428/Many-barriers-for-English-learners-on-Regents-exams

Many barriers for English learners on Regents exams
January 24, 2013

Senior Keh Blut Soe stood nervously studying her notes before going into the exam room.

The 17-year-old Thomas R. Proctor High School student was about to take the U.S. History Regents, an exam that for her is about a foreign country in a foreign language.

Blut Soe is one of 439 English language learners at Proctor and among 1,506 in the district, said Deborah Wilson-Allam, administrator for pupil services and English language learners.

All students must pass the Regents exams with at least a 65 to earn a high school diploma, and according to state regulations, they only have four years to do it, otherwise they're marked as “incomplete,” Wilson-Allam said.

The incomplete impacts the school's accountability - a way the state measures success based on graduation rates and testing scores, said Proctor Principal Steven Falchi.

“It certainly poses a significant challenge for the school,” Falchi said. “It's difficult to see those kids work so hard and not get a high school diploma.”

Read the full article at http://www.uticaod.com/news/x1146196428/Many-barriers-for-English-learners-on-Regents-exams

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