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May 20, 2015

New Glossary Aims to Offer Clarity on Language-Learner Terms

The New America Foundations hopes the glossary will pin down what educators mean when they talk about dual-language learners, English-language learners, long-term English learners, and other groups of students.

May 20, 2015

Seattle Schools to Expand ELL Services After Critical State Audit

For two years, the district failed to give a required English placement test to about 1,200 students who reported speaking a language other than English at home.

May 12, 2015

D.C. Schools to Offer Seal of Biliteracy

To earn the seal, D.C. students must demonstrate "cultural and communicative competency" in English and another language.

May 06, 2015

To Help Language-Learners, Extend Aid to Their Families Too, New Study Argues

A report from the Center for American Progress finds that that engaging students and parents simultaneously improves the academic and educational well-being of both generations.

April 20, 2015

English-Learner Advocate Appointed to California Board of Education

In January, leaders in 20 nonprofit organizations wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown, asking him to consider the importance of appointing a champion for ELLs, who constitute a quarter of the state's K-12 student population.

April 10, 2015

Civil Rights Group Backs Language-Learner Provisions in ESEA Rewrite

The bill would provide incentives to states and school districts to implement policies to significantly improve instruction for English-learners.

April 09, 2015

Schools Could Face Another Influx of Unaccompanied Minors, Analysis Shows

While districts can estimate how many new students they will be absorbing from the border crisis, many won't know the full scope of the resources they need until students show up.

April 08, 2015

Louisville District Seeks State Waiver for English-Learner Accountability

Under the waiver, ELLs would take state tests but their scores would not count toward their school's overall performance until the students were proficient in English.

April 02, 2015

Catching Up on Statewide Efforts to Promote Bilingualism

Biliteracy seal bills are under consideration in the Indiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Rhode Island, Utah, and Virginia state legislatures. Several states with large English-language learner enrollment, including California, New York, and Texas, have already approved laws.

March 30, 2015

Boston Schools Shortchanging English-Language Learners, Federal Review Finds

The school system entered into an agreement with the federal departments of Education and Justice in 2010 to avoid legal action after investigators found the school system denied thousands of ELLS an adequate education.

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