Statement from the Working Group on ELL Policy Re: Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
The Working Group on ELL Policy consists of experts who research effective educational policy and strategies for ELL students. The Working Group advocates four guiding principles for the inclusion of ELLs in federal legislation that affect state and local agencies:
Fostering academic achievement and language development
Providing additional supports
Establishing meaningful accountability
Valuing bilingualism and biliteracy
With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), this brief highlights key features of the new law for ELL educators. In general, ESSA makes some advances in the first three principles with respect to Title I, Title II, Title III, and Title VIII. However, ESSA is silent on the fourth issue of bilingualism and biliteracy.