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The Delaware State Education Association offers guidelines for educators to avoid bias in the classroom.
The library of Neutral Bay Public Schools in New South Wales, Australia, provides a checklist that identifies critical aspects to be considered when evaluating cultural bias in resources.
The Tolerance.org Web site includes a guide that helps teachers and students to learn about bias in communication and to write in bias-free terms.
Bilingual Special Education
The Illinois State Board of Education identifies a range of state and national resources.
Bilingual Special Education Resources Network
The New York State Education Department provides staff development and technical assistance to preK-12 teachers of English language learners with disabilities.
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
The Office of Disability Policy gives general information on testing accommodations.
Positions and Opinions on High-Stakes Testing
The Education Commission of the States gives an overview of the issues involved in high-stakes statewide assessment.
The ESL MiniConference in August 2003 addressed the issues around high-stakes testing and accountability.
The International Reading Association summarizes its position opposing high-stakes testing.
Coltrane from the Center for Applied Linguistics gives an overview of issues for English language learners.
The New Mexico State Department of Education Assessment and Evaluation describes its guidelines for the testing accommodations of English language learners. A checklist of accommodations may be downloaded as a pdf
The Pennsylvania Department of Education provides this 5-page fact sheet on testing accommodations for ELLs as a supplement to its larger publication on accommodation guidelines.
The National Council of Teachers of English defines Standards for English Language Arts.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has developed Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.
The National Science Teachers Association presents National Science Education Standards.
The National Council for the Social Studies provides Curriculum Standards for Social Studies.
Teachers of English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) offers standards for both students and teachers.
Disabilities and Testing
The Educational Testing Service provides answers to frequently asked questions on testing accommodations for students with disabilities.
The guidelines for state standards set forth in the "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001" are updated in this April 2004 document by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Scroll down to "Standards and Assessments Peer Review Guidance" to download.
The California Department of Education provides Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Materials with information on all subject areas.
New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education presents its publication on "The Teaching of Language Arts to Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners: Learning Standards for English as a Second Language."