The Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy has put together a framework to evaluate states’ Every Student Succeeds Act plans to determine if they meet the law’s requirements for English-language-learner students.
Outlining 33 key questions, the brief guides readers through sections in state plans that should address English-learner accountability and offers guidance on how to evaluate the effectiveness of policies that states plan to adopt.
For example, the report asks states to consider what long-term goals their ESSA plans make for English-learners and whether their short-term goals reflect a “pattern of progress that is in keeping with the language-instruction approach used in the state.”
It also asks states to think about why they are choosing particular ways to measure English-learners’ progress in language proficiency, such as proficiency rates versus student-growth rates.
A version of this article appeared in the September 20, 2017 edition of Education Week as ESSA Implementation