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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.

March 25, 2015

Education Department Pledges to Prioritize Needs of Language-Learners

The goal is to "look at English learners as a national asset and investment in contrast to thinking of English learners as a problem or challenge coming to our school districts," said Libia Gil, the head of the department's office of English-language acquisition.

March 24, 2015

New Report Offers State Leaders, Feds Advice to Improve ELL Education

The Education Commission of the States report lists proposed changes in five policy areas, including finance, educator quality, and parent engagement.

March 18, 2015

Urban Charters, Districts Serve Equal Numbers of ELLs, Study Finds

A new study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University challenges the long-held notion that charter schools actively push out students with special needs.

March 10, 2015

Feds Reflect On Successes, Challenges of NAEP's English-Learner Policy

The percentage of ELLs taking the NAEP math and reading exams has risen steadily in most states over the last five years—an important goal for federal policymakers.

March 04, 2015

Chicago Schools to Offer Biliteracy Seal, Latino Studies Curriculum

Earning the seal could open the door for college scholarships, internships, and jobs that require proficiency in a second language, educators say.

February 11, 2015

Los Angeles Unified Lawyers to Represent Students Facing Deportation

The students, many of them undocumented immigrants from Central America, have to juggle court dates and concerns about deportation while trying to adjust to schools in a new country.

February 04, 2015

Q&A With Libia Gil, Head of the Federal ELL Office

The longtime educator says English-learners are a population of students who are "historically underserved," but she expects that to change.

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