CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia researchers will develop a literacy assessment for Spanish-speaking preschoolers.
The project is being funded by a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The assessment will be in Spanish. The university says that will allow teachers to understand their Spanish-speaking children's literacy strengths and needs early, without having to wait until children have developed sufficient English proficiency to be tested in their second language.
U.Va. education professor Marcia Invernizzi is an expert in literacy assessment. She says Spanish-speaking students comprise one-fifth of the student population in American public schools, and they're among those most at risk for low literacy achievement that can be traced to lack of readiness to enter kindergarten.
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