Impacts of ESSA on English Language Learners

Impacts of ESSA on English Language Learners

October 21, 2017

Education Week’s Larry Ferlazzo asks: “What is the impact of the Every Student Succeeds Act on English Language Learners?” He discusses this question with numerous contributors, including Margo Gottlieb, Sarah Said, Catherine Beck, Heidi Pace, Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Tabitha Dell’Angelo, and Lindsey Moses. Ferlazzo thinks ESSA could potentially benefit English Learners because of its emphasis on these students’ achievement levels. But at the same time, he’s “concerned that its placing higher-stakes on ‘reclassifying’ ELLs as proficient in English might result in schools feeling pressured to move ELLs out of receiving supportive services too soon.”