A national report examines if states are meeting the needs of dual language learners, who make up nearly one-third of children ages 8 and younger in the U.S. The 30-state analysis highlights policies that affect access and educational opportunities.
The State Board of Education adopted the first new language policy in 20 years — the English Learner Roadmap, an online resource for school districts that will help guide curriculum, instruction and standards for the 1.4 million English learners in the state’s public schools.
An advocacy group for English learners says the $5 million in new state money to train more bilingual teachers is a "first step," and warns that Proposition 58 has worsened a severe shortage of bilingual teachers.
In Napa County, where 87 percent of its preschoolers are English learners, the use of a digital literacy app in Spanish and English is helping to boost the vocabulary of its youngest students. Teachers use the app in all 24 preschools in the county to incorporate songs, books and games into classroom activities.