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This is such a huge topic…

What We (Don’t) Know About English-Learners and Special Education.

The most groundbreaking of the guiding principles, I think, is this, though I question the math on how many states are in the U.S.:

Have exit criteria for English-language support programs for English-learner students in special education.

Two states, Arizona and Texas, allow districts to exit special education students from language support, even if they’re not yet fluent. New York specifically forbids this, saying English-learners need to receive the same language support until they can meet the standard exit criteria. The remaining 17 states evaluated are silent on this issue.

Wouldn’t that be so cool?

Right now, we, in Burlington, do not have criteria. It just stops. You run out of classes. Or somebody just decides that this student has had enough ELL classes. What would criterial look like? How could we make this official?


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