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.
The new law that governs language instruction in California is making way for districts to expand bilingual programs.
Gabriela Orozco Gonzalez, a teacher in the Los Angeles area, discusses Common Core lessons, teacher collaboration, testing and educating English learners.
New state policy is expected to help schools meet California's Vision of Success for English learners.
Teacher shortage limits districts' ability to expand bilingual offerings.
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.
Oakland joins districts in California and across the country that see improvements in math proficiency among students who work with ST Math
English learners in transitional kindergarten show significant gains.
California has taken important steps to support dual language learners.
All agree on the goal of the proposed legislation: Uniform standards to judge when students are English proficient.