Hundreds of students in Hawaiian immersion public charter schools learn primarily in Hawaiian, yet many take standardized tests each year that are written in English.
Source: Hawaiian immersion students still can ‘opt-out’ of tests in English | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hawaiian-immersion-students-still-opt-out-tests-english).
Accessed on 25 September 2016, 15:55 hrs, UTC.
Reporter: Kirsten Johnson.
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The Hawaii Public Charter School Commission has ruled that students enrolled in Hawaiian immersion schools can “opt-out” of testes conducted in English. The opt-out option will remain in place “until a comparable Hawaiian language assessment is available for all tested grade levels.”
According to reporter Kirsten Johnson, the Public Charter School Commission says testing students in a different language creates a “mismatch when determining how those students are performing academically, as they’re tested in a language that’s different than the one in which they’re taught.”
Five state charter schools used the English language test opt-out option in the past two years. Hawaiian assessments for all tested grade levels are still being developed.
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