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ERIC Number: ED561942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ECS and National Experts Examine: State-Level English Language Learner Policies
Wixom, Micah Ann
Education Commission of the States
Most state policy and education leaders are keenly aware that the number of English language learners (ELLs) enrolled in the United States' public schools has increased significantly over the past several years and will likely continue to increase. States with historically large populations of English language learners--like California and New Mexico--continue serving significant numbers of ELLs. Other states--like Hawaii, Kansas and Nevada--have seen substantial increases in the percentage of ELLs in their schools. There is increasing national and state attention to this issue and state policy leaders are committed to creating education systems that meet ELL needs and provide them with solid academic foundations. December 4-5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) convened a group of experts to reflect on available research, practice and state policy around this topic and to make recommendations in areas where potential impact at the state level is greatest. At this meeting, experts discussed five key policy elements: (1) Finance; (2) Identification and reclassification; (3) Educator quality; (4) Pre-kindergarten services; and (5) Parent and family engagement. The policy recommendations they suggested during the meeting are summarized in this report. An appendix contains: Experts Attending the ECS ELL Thinkers' Meeting.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States