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New guide to help states commonly define English learners

from Education Week

Can Florida agree with California on who an English-language learner is? Can Texas and Illinois move closer to using the same criteria for deciding when a student is no longer an ELL? Will all, or at least most, states be able to share a more consistent way of defining different levels of English proficiency? Those questions may soon be answered. With a just-released set of recommendations from the Council of Chief State School Officers to help guide them, most states are now set to embark on an effort to bring much more uniformity to identifying who English learners are and when those students are no longer in need of language instruction. The goal is to move all states to a more consistent playing field over the next four to five years. more

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