In today’s oral arguments in Horne v. Flores, the long-running ELL case in Arizona, U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned what is sufficient academic progress for ELLs.
Justice Antonin Scalia at one point asked: “Do you really think you haven’t complied with adequate funding of ELL programs until you raise all of the ELL students up to the level of native-English speakers?” (Link to transcript is here.)
It sounds a lot like a question that a lot of educators ask about the No Child Left Behind Act. Is it appropriate for the federal education law to require ELLs to meet the same standards as native-English speakers?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.