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ERIC Number: ED507602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Selected States' Responses to Supporting High School English Language Learners. Policy Brief
Koelsch, Nanette
National High School Center
State educational agency efforts to promote linguistic and academic achievement for English language learners (ELLs) are critical to improving educational outcomes, such as high school achievement, graduation rates, and postsecondary opportunities. This brief begins with a national snapshot of the achievement and educational outcomes of ELLs and efforts to improve the assessment and reporting of these outcomes. It then focuses on the efforts of Florida, California, Texas, and New York--the four states with the largest population of ELLs in schools--to use their state-level accountability systems and the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandate to implement and refine policies designed to support ELLs at the high school level. By working to increase the capacity of their region's state departments of education, Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs) play an important role in assisting states to meet the goals of NCLB, including those provisions that relate to ELLs. For this reason, this brief also examines how state departments of education and RCCs in the selected states collaborate to promote positive changes to help strengthen the education of ELLs at the secondary level. The profiles of these states are intended (a) to provide a nuanced picture of how states with large populations of ELLs are using the NCLB mandate to improve educational outcomes for ELLs at the high school level and (b) to chart the considerable ground left to cover if people are to see significant, widespread and concrete gains in the support of ELL students. (Contains 16 endnotes and lists 70 resources and references.)
National High School Center. American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 800-634-0503; Fax: 202-403-5875; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National High School Center
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; New York; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001