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2015

Current BEST Plus Test Available for Purchase and Use

April 22, 2015

CAL will continue to sell the current version of BEST Plus, which is authorized by OCTAE for use through June 30, 2016.

Once the notice of BEST Plus 2.0 approval is published in the Federal Register, CAL will begin the transition to BEST Plus 2.0. We will work closely with programs to make this transition as easy as possible.

In Memoriam: Joshua A. Fishman

March 2, 2015

CAL is saddened by the passing of our valued colleague and friend, Dr. Joshua A. Fishman, a beloved teacher and influential scholar. His scholarship was recognized throughout the world for its importance and its relevance about the language issues prevalent in society. 

In Memoriam: James E. Alatis

March 2, 2015

CAL is saddened by the passing of our valued colleague and friend, Dr. James E. Alatis, a visionary in the field of English language teaching and a founding member and first executive director of TESOL International Association. 

Chinese New Year – February 19, 2015

February 18, 2015

The Chinese New Year is celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. February 19th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year for 2015. It is the longest public holiday in China and is observed by Chinese communities worldwide.

In Memoriam: Richard Ruiz, PhD

February 10, 2015

CAL is saddened by the passing of our valued colleague and friend, Richard Ruiz (University of Arizona). His vision and commitment to language learning and equity were unequalled and he will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.

What Happens When the Common Core Becomes Less ... Common?

January 25, 2015

The Common Core State Standards were envisioned as a way to measure most of the nation’s students against a shared benchmark, but education experts say political upheaval and the messy reality of on-the-ground implementation is threatening that original goal.