The Washington Post just published an article about how English Language Learners in some parts of Virginia do not have to take the standard state reading test everyone else uses. Instead, they develop a portfolio representing their work during the school year and are evaluated on the whole body of their work.

The article says the federal government approved the change.

I’m amazed that such a common sense approach to evaluating student success is actually being implemented. Perhaps, someday, the same process can be used here in California with English Language Learners. And, hope against hope, perhaps with all students.