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Experts weigh in on states' English language learner policies

from EdSource

California and Arizona are cited as the only two states that require all teachers and staff to be certified as specialists in English language learning methods, even if they don't teach students who are learning English as a new language, according to a new report by the Education Commission of the States. The report recommends that, at the very least, all states should require every teacher who is a candidate for a credential to receive some training in ELL instruction. The report states the change is necessary, because students who are learning English are taught by teachers who overwhelmingly lack training in ELL instruction. more

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