State appeals court upholds English-only exams |

State appeals court upholds English-only exams

SAN FRANCISCO and#8212; A state appeals court has ruled that California can administer school achievement tests and high school exit exams in English only, even though nearly 1.6 million students have limited command of the language.

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco on Thursday rejected arguments that English-only exams violate a federal law’s requirement that limited-English-speaking students “shall be assessed in a valid and reliable manner.”

The appellate court’s 3-0 ruling upholds a 2007 decision by a San Francisco judge who also ruled against the bilingual-education groups and nine school districts that sued to overturn the state’s English-only testing methods.

Marc Coleman, a lawyer for the school districts and advocacy groups, says they are considering an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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