Some ELL researchers say the new ESSA law fails to make bilingualism and biliteracy a priority for all students in the United States, including English learners.
While districts can estimate how many new students they will be absorbing from the border crisis, many won't know how many additional resources they'll need until students show up.
Starting with the graduating class of 2017, Utah will offer a two-tier seal of biliteracy to recognize students who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages.
West Virginia, Arkansas and Iowa were the states where graduation rates for ELLs topped 80 percent. Less than a third of English-learners in Arizona and Nevada graduated on time.
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A study from the National Center on Time and Learning explores how extended school days boosted achievement at three high-poverty U.S. elementary schools.
Soon-to-be Education Secretary John King says the grants are a "smart investment in biliteracy, family and community engagement, and expanding professional development for educators."
Layoffs of bilingual secretaries in several Detroit schools come at a time when the U.S. Department of Education and other organizations have called for districts to redouble their efforts to connect with English-language learner parents.
Sergio Paez, newly hired to be superintendent in Minneapolis, and Valeria Silva, the schools chief in neighboring St. Paul, are both one-time English-learners, who say their own experiences as ELLs inform their work.
The legislation would do more to hold all schools, not just those with significant ELL enrollments, accountable for the education of non-native English speaking students.