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Three Local School Districts Sue State

Attorneys representing three San Diego County school districts say they have the evidence to prove California is violating the federal No Child Left Behind Act. At issues is how non-native English spe

Three Local School Districts Sue State

Attorneys representing three San Diego County school districts say they have the evidence to prove California is violating the federal No Child Left Behind Act. At issues is how non-native English speakers are tested. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

San Diego attorney Mary Hernandez represents Chula Vista, San Ysidro and Sweetwater Union High school districts in a lawsuit against California. She says the state is violating the federal law by choosing to test non-native English speakers in English. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, states are supposed to offer valid and reliable ways to measure a student’s performance. Hernandez says state tests don’t accurately measure how much an English learner knows.  

Hernandez: When Albert Einstein first came to America, he may not have been able to express his knowledge of physics, if you gave him a test in English. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t know physics.

The districts want Spanish-speaking students to take tests in Spanish. State education officials are expected to respond to the lawsuit later this week. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.