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ERIC Number: ED571650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov-1
Pages: 1
Abstractor: As Provided
English Language Learners in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Calderon, Brenda
National Council of La Raza
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act has provided services for English Language Learners (ELLs) since 1968. In 2010 nearly 4.6 million students were classified as ELLs and of those nearly 80% were from a Spanish speaking background. To ignore their education is to neglect preparing a large portion of our nation's future workforce. Given their importance to the success of our school system, it is critical these students have access to the necessary supports that will ensure their success in school. This includes programs that help students master a new language while meeting the same high standards that apply to all students for learning content. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 demonstrated that a strong accountability system is necessary in meeting the academic needs of ELLs. The figure below shows the progress of ELLs on the NAEP math exam. The data show a steady uptick in ELL progress over the past 13 years. Any reauthorization of ESEA should consider the following to adequately prepare ELLs: (1) Maintain a robust accountability system that includes targets to account for time in program and progress toward English language proficiency for ELLs; (2) Increase authorization levels to account for the growth in the ELL population; (3) Limit the exemption of ELLs in the accountability system to one year; and (4) Preserve programs that assist districts with unexpected increases in their ELL population such as the Emergency Immigrant Education Program (Title III, Part B).
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress