By The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Justice and Arizona Department of Education have settled a lawsuit over the state's rush to move students out of an English language learning program.

Friday's settlement requires the state to offer reading and writing services for tens of thousands of students who were prematurely identified as fluent in English and moved out of the state's English Language Learner program.

The federal government had alleged that the moves violated the students' civil rights.

Russlyn Ali of the state education department said the resolution will help make sure Arizona students receive the education they deserve.

Arizona and the federal government reached a settlement on a separate federal complaint last year alleging the state inadequately screened students for their need for special language classes.