More than half of states' ESSA plans intentionally set lower academic goals for English-learners, at least seven states have plans that flout key provisions of the federal education law, and nearly 20 percent of state plans allow schools to earn high ratings even if ELLs are struggling, according to new policy briefs.
May 2018 Archives
Despite their concerns, the U.S. Department of Education seems ready to forge ahead with plans to scrap the office of English-language acquisition.
While schools must protect the rights and privacy of undocumented students, officials also must cooperate with federal officials in some instances.
The proposed consolidation of the office of English-language acquisition is sparking strong pushback from advocates for English-learners, the fastest growing subgroup of students in public schools.
Scientists have long posited that there is a "critical period" for language learning, but new research suggests that the time frame stretches on much longer than previously thought.