By Guest Writer, Angelita Williams
Last year, the scores on the critical reading portion of the SAT college-entrance exams dropped to record lows. Some are pointing to a more diverse student population as the culprit while others are blaming lax reading curriculums. Regardless of the demographics – or even the public school systems – the facts are clear: America's students are falling behind in literacy.
The Impact of ESL Students and National Scores
According to a Huffington Post article, the record lows in reading scores have bottomed out at a time in which 27 percent of the 1.65 million students who sat for the exam had a native tongue other than English. Some are pointing to an expanding Latino population as a factor in the decrease in scores.
Regardless of the impact ESL students may have on national reading scores, teachers across America are discussing the unique challenges that ESL students and teachers face, especially when standardized tests are issued. Even at an elementary level teachers are expressing frustrations with the amount of testing that leeches quality classroom time away from students. ...