Calif. Poised to Spotlight ELLs Stalled in Schools
by Lesli A. Maxwell
September 18, 2012
California is poised to become the first state to unmask the extent to which English-language learners languish in public schools for years without ever reaching fluency.
Under a measure that received broad, bipartisan support from the legislature, the state education department would be required to break out and report data annually on long-term English-learners—tens of thousands statewide—for every school district. The measure would also create a common, statewide definition for long-term ELL students. Students at risk of becoming long-term ELLs would also be flagged.
The legislation is awaiting action from Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, who has until Sept. 28 to decide whether to sign the bill.
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