English Language Learners Tag

MPI Fact Sheets Examine EL Demographics in ESSA Context

The Migration Policy Institute’s Julie Sugarman and Courtney Geary, as a part of holding K-12 and school districts accountable for meeting Every Student Succeeds Act mandates, have pulled together a series of fact sheets that provide “an overview of EL student demographics and outcomes” in...

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DeVos Plan to End ELL Office Stoking Equity Concerns

Corey Mitchell reports for Education Week that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ plan to shut down “the long-standing federal office that supports English-learners,” comes amid “concerns from civil rights groups that the Education Department has already failed to ensure equity for English-learners—including approving state Every Student...

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Many States are Setting Lower Academic Goals for ELLs

Recent analyses by Achieve and UnidosUS find many state ESSA plans are deficient when it comes to equity and educating English-language learners (ELLs), Corey Mitchell reports for Education Week. A pair of policy briefs from the organizations demonstrate that more than 50 percent of these plans purposefully apply...

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Locating and Leveraging ELL Data

A  brief from the Migration Policy Institute’s Julie Sugarman examines how how under ESSA—where states must publish significant amounts of student data, including for English-language learners—more data will be available than ever before. Sugarman explains that “knowing where to find and how to use these...

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Texas ELLs Must Be Factor in School Ratings

Rolando Aguirre, president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas, writes that Hispanics make up more than 50 percent of student enrollment in Texas public schools, so “It would be fair to say the success of Texas schools rises or falls with Hispanic students,” and...

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New America Study Looks at Illinois English-Learner Data

Recently, New America released a report regarding Illinois’ ESSA plan and how it will impact and improve how the state tracks and uses data regarding its fast-growing population of English learners. Home to the fifth-largest population of K–12 English learners in the country, New America...

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Impacts of ESSA on English Language Learners

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...

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New America Foundation Education Expert Examines ESSA

New America Foundation’s Conor P. Williams writes that, when it comes to ESSA, he can say “I told you so.” The law “combines a thin veneer of civil rights equity with excruciating complexity and uncertain accountability.” Williams argues that it “takes a relatively simple federal...

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PA’s Governor Signs Off on State’s ESSA Plan

Governor Tom Wolf signed off on Pennsylvania’s ESSA plan and “submitted it to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her approval.” The plan establishes “ambitious yet attainable” goals of “raising student performance, increasing graduation rates and having English learners move toward achieving English language proficiency.”

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