EdSource Today Reports: English learners

Districts’ stringent criteria can delay reclassifying English learners

English learners have been a subject of policy concern in California since the early 1970s. The needs of these students — who make up about 25 percent of the state’s public school students today — ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, English learners, Featured

Uniform standards urged for reclassifying English learners

Uniform standards urged for reclassifying English learners

School districts have discretion in determining when English learners can be reclassified as proficient in English, meaning they no longer need help in gaining fluency. But the different criteria that districts use and wide disparities ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, English learners, Local Control Funding Formula, Reporting & Analysis

Charter schools association continues push to weed out low-scoring schools

Charter schools association continues push to weed out low-scoring schools

Upping its campaign to root out what it views as its lowest performing schools, the California Charter Schools Association last week criticized a San Jose school district for allowing a charter school to open two ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charter Schools, English learners, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies, Tests and Assessments

Credibility gap would erode long-term promise of new funding system

Credibility gap would erode long-term promise of new funding system

English is my second language. I spent the early part of my life in India speaking my native tongue. When we immigrated to the West, I went to school to learn English. After some early struggles, ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Achievement Gap, Commentary, English learners, Featured, Foster care, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, Poverty

Migrant education programs make Saturday school a family affair

Migrant education programs make Saturday school a family affair

(Update: A Spanish translation of this story is now available, courtesy of the Los Angeles Unified Migrant Education Program.) School on Saturday? Most students would protest such an intrusion on their free time, but for ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: After School, Extra Time, English learners, Featured, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis, Students

Q&A: Lessons for California from New Jersey’s ‘Improbable Scholars’

Q&A: Lessons for California from New Jersey’s ‘Improbable Scholars’

Students in Union City, N.J., get twice the funding of students in California. They attend two years of full-day kindergarten. Recent immigrants to this country are taught initially in their native language. For all their differences, ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Achievement Gap, English learners, Equity issues, Featured, High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Kindergarten and Preschool, Poverty, Reporting & Analysis, Systemic Change, Teachers and Admin

ACLU sues state over English-language instruction

ACLU sues state over English-language instruction

Civil rights groups sued the state Department of Education and the Board of Education on Wednesday, saying they are failing in their obligation to require school districts to provide 20,318 English learners with the language instruction ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charts and Data, English learners, Featured, Languages, Reporting & Analysis, State Board of Education, Students

State toughens regs for interns teaching English learners

State toughens regs for interns teaching English learners

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will now require non-credentialed Teach For America teachers and other intern teachers to receive more training in how to teach English learners and to get weekly on-the-job mentoring and supervision. The ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commission on Teacher Credentialing, English learners, Featured, Preparation, Reporting & Analysis, Teachers and Admin

Voters favor extra funds for poor students but not English learners

A majority of Californians support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to provide additional funding to districts with more low-income and English learner students, according to a newly released poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. Of ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: English learners, Featured, Jerry Brown, Local Control Funding Formula, Poverty, Quick Hits

For kids’ sake, let’s not distract attention from Common Core

For kids’ sake, let’s not distract attention from Common Core

Remember the reading and math wars? Whole language vs. phonics. New math vs. old math. In the context of today’s education wars, it seems quaint to think about people arguing over curriculum and instruction. What seems ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Common Core, English learners