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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

How does it feel to be a new English speaker taking a graduation exam?

Here is an inside look at two ENL (English as a New Language) students taking a high stakes GQE (Graduation Qualifying Exam) graduation test. This is written by Phil Lederach, Assistant Principal at Goshen High School, and is published in the Goshen News as a letter to the editor. Mr. Lederach shares a teacher's narrative as she watched the students take the test.

I found it interesting from the human interest side of how high stakes testing can affect individuals.

Click here for Goshen News Letter to the Editor.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this. As educators, I think we often forget how difficult it can be for students to be immersed in a new language and /or environment. These students are kids just like everyone else and deserving of respect and a quality education.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the reminder that we teach diverse students. The diversity is in language and life as well. Too many times we educators look for the final outcome rather than the work that is put into something. Thank you again for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

I am thankful that the teacher was willing to take the extra effort to attempt to comfort and encourage these students. I know there are good teachers like that everywhere...we need to spend time speaking of them too!

Anonymous said...

What a moving story. I hope it will be shared with our state and national leaders.