Almost half of California’s public school students speak a language other than English in their homes. Many of those students began kindergarten still learning English. After years of English-only policies, California passed a law in 2016 allowing schools to establish bilingual programs to help more students learn more than one language, or retain their home language, while learning English. Under California’s funding formula, school districts receive more funding to serve children who are English learners.
English learners have priority to return to in-person instruction at some school districts, but fear of the coronavirus is keeping many of them home.
When the pandemic hit, many students who recently immigrated to the U.S. were not attending online classes regularly.
A guide to California's English Learner Roadmap, which provides guidance on how to be responsive to the needs of English learner students by giving meaningful and accessible instruction, aligning goals across education systems, and more.
Whenever and however schools open for in-person instruction — during and after the pandemic — we cannot go back to business as usual.
California’s school accountability tool makes it too easy for districts to receive high scores for English learners’ progress, advocates say.
The program at the Whittier Union High School District aims to “tap into that trust” that parents often share among each other.
The spread of the coronavirus and the digital divide are obstacles for testing students' English skills.
A study of 50,000 students from 18 districts reaffirm that those who have traditionally struggled fell farther behind academically.
The plan for the first time calls for requiring preschool programs to identify and report the languages spoken by children enrolled.
With most instruction now remote and with less class time, students don’t spend as much time exposed to their new language.
Two San Francisco Bay Area districts are expanding outreach to their most vulnerable students including those who are homeless, foster youth.
Students and their families need help crossing cultural and linguistic barriers to access distance learning materials and instructions.
Researchers say students learning English need more small groups and live instruction, so they can practice speaking and listening.
Spanish-language resources help parents understand how to navigate distance learning.
Free online tools can help teachers fill in the inevitable gaps caused by distance learning.