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.
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.
Parent leaders can be crucial for helping low-income families and those who do not speak English navigate distance learning.
Special education, homeless and foster students are priority groups that can return in separate cohorts with up to 14 children and two adults.
Forthcoming guidance permitting limited openings will apply to districts in counties on the coronavirus watch list, where schools are shut down.
Professional development for teachers is key to closing opportunity gaps.
California’s smallest school districts struggle to pay for supplies, staff and technology needed to reopen schools.
To learn English, children need a lot of practice speaking aloud and interacting with others, which was difficult when school campuses closed.
Education Trust-West, the survey's sponsor, sees evidence that months-long school closures will compound challenges facing low-income students.
Test scores are only one measure of a student, but they can be used to dispel stereotypes and promote higher achievement, superintendent says.
The results are the first set of scores for a new test aligned with California’s new science standards.
Early education is enhanced by school communities that affirm and support the languages and cultures students bring to the classroom.
State board makes it easier to follow the money; two bills would impose even stricter reporting requirements.