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December 5, 2016
Assemblymember Ryan questions how state education department can assess English Language learner students, who combine to speak more than 200 languages throughout the state, when exams are translated into only the top eight languages spoken in New York City, at a public hearing:
"So, we have to, I think, build in a system flexibility, recognizing, of course, that we want our assessments to reflect what's actually being learned. But we also don't want to pass on undue costs to districts to have to figure it out themselves or pay for their own translations, right? So if you happen to be in the eight most common, congratulations. You do not have to pay for translation services. But if you don't match with that, you have to use your scarce resources to pay for that," Ryan said to MaryEllen Elia, New York State Education Department Commissioner.