Leveraging ESSA: Policy Opportunities for English Learners in Illinois
The purpose of this resource is to inform English learner (EL) advocates and families to understand the opportunities within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that can support a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning for ELs. The analysis presented in the resource can also be used as a companion to the Illinois ESSA State Plan Draft, expanding on the section focusing on ELs. The resource gives a snapshot of ELs in Illinois, then describes the major provisions of ESSA and how they may impact the education of ELs (such as in the areas of educator equity, Title II, early childhood education, etc.).