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English learners and ESSA: Many states are lowering academic goals, advocates charge

from Education Week

Many states' plans for educating English language learners under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act fall short of equity and send clear signals on how they value the educational progress of the students, an analysis by Achieve and UnidosUS finds. A pair of policy briefs prepared by the organizations reveal that more than half of states' ESSA plans intentionally set lower academic goals for English learners, at least seven states have plans that flout key provisions of the federal education law, and nearly 20 percent of state plans allow schools to earn high ratings even if English learners are struggling. more

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