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English Language Learner (ELL) Students
Summary of Recommendations
NCLB Reauthorization

To better inform the national debate on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization, ECS collected and synthesized recommendations by national organizations to improve the federal law.

ECS' database is organized around 16 issue areas that captured most recommendations. Some organizations did not offer recommendations for all issues, at least according to our analysis. And several recommendations appear more than once since they applied to multiple issue areas.

The summary and full text of all organizations' original recommendations for English Language Learners (ELL) are listed in this report. Please see the main page for additional reports and sources for the database.

Highlights
(See Abbreviation Key at end of table)

Organizations that addressed this issue: 13 of 15
AASA; AFT; BCSA; Comm. NCLB; CCSSO; ECS; NAESP; NASBE; NASSP; NCSL; NEA; NGA; and NSBA

Organizations that did not address this issue2 of 15
Ed Trust and FEA

Comments
All but one organization made suggestions regarding English Language Learners (ELL) and the overarching theme was greater flexibility. The recommendations focused on allowing more ELL students to take alternative assessments and providing assistance to develop valid exams and accommodations. Secondly, organizations requested that ELL students be counted in this AYP subgroup until they acquire English proficiency or at least for a longer time period than currently permitted.



Visit ECS' Database on NCLB Reauthorization main page for more information, explanations and access to organizations' original reports. Please note that ECS plans to expand the database as more information becomes available.

Database Last Updated: July 2007

This database was created and compiled by Mary Fulton, ECS policy analyst.
For questions and comments: 303.299.3679 or mfulton@ecs.org
NCLB Reauthorization : American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Identify struggling schools on continuum of success, target assistance to highest need students and tailor accountability systems to needs of students with disabilities and ELL students.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to develop tests and guidelines for ELL student accommodations.
ELL 2 - Summary of Recommendation Ensure state tests are valid and reliable for ELL students when part of accountability.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Business Coalition for Student Achievement (BCSA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Fund better assessments for students with disabilities and ELL students.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Commission on No Child Left Behind (Comm. NCLB)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Extend time period, from two years to three years, that ELL students who have attained English proficiency to remain in the ELL subgroup for AYP.
ELL 2 - Summary of Recommendation Target federal funds to alternate assessments for students with disabilities and ELL students.
ELL 3 - Summary of Recommendation Withhold funding if states do not develop and implement English language proficiency standards, assessments and achievement objectives.
ELL 4 - Summary of Recommendation Allow states to use alternate assessments in academic subjects and English proficiency for ELL students who have been in U.S. schools less than three years.
ELL 5 - Summary of Recommendation Require Education Department to develop common scale for measuring English proficiency.
ELL 6 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to establish teacher certification endorsement for those spending more than 25% of time instructing ELL students.
ELL 7 - Summary of Recommendation Implement and require regular reporting of Education Department's system to track migrant student health and education records. 
ELL 8 - Summary of Recommendation Give priority assistance to migrant students who are low achieving, mobile or disabled.
ELL 9 - Summary of Recommendation Ensure migrant students with disabilities receive evaluations and services under IDEA.
ELL 10 - Summary of Recommendation Require states to submit counts of migrant children and document accuracy of data, which should be audited by Education Department.
ELL 11 - Summary of Recommendation Expand qualifications for migrant workers, therefore, allowing their children to qualify for migrant educational programs.
ELL 12 - Summary of Recommendation Require Education Department to coordinate migrant services with Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Include ELL students in state assessment and accountability systems based on ambitious but educationally sound measures and goals.
ELL 2 - Summary of Recommendation Allow states to include new immigrant ELL students in school accountability based on multiple measures for at least 3 years.
ELL 3 - Summary of Recommendation Allow full range of alternate assessments and value individualized growth of ELL students.
ELL 4 - Summary of Recommendation Continue to count ELL student performance in this AYP subgroup for appropriate period once they transfer out.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Education Commission of the States (ECS)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Allow more time and make accommodations for immigrant students to undergo acculturation to American society. 
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Education Trust (Ed Trust)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Require state standards for ELL students and plans for participation in assessments given in English.
ELL 2 - Summary of Recommendation Give state assessments to students after they become proficient in English.
ELL 3 - Summary of Recommendation Use growth model to assess ELL student achievement.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Allow states to use English proficiency attainment to hold schools/districts accountable for ELL students.
ELL 2 - Summary of Recommendation Provide funds to states for educating significant number of low-income immigrant children.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Incorporate ELL student scores in AYP determination after they developed language proficiency.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Allow states to determine when to use native-language or English-only tests for ELL students.
ELL 2 - Summary of Recommendation Provide states flexibility to determine when to hold schools accountable for including ELL students in AYP.
ELL 3 - Summary of Recommendation Publicize states' option of setting different “n” sizes for ELL student subgroups for AYP purposes.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Education Association (NEA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Ensure assessments are valid, reliable and provide common-sense flexibility for all student groups, including ELL students.
ELL 2 - Summary of Recommendation Provide funding for appropriate assessments for students with disabilities and ELL students.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Governors Association (NGA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Provide flexibility in AYP to give ELL students time to overcome language barriers and make academic gains. Ensure ELL gains are reflected in school data.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Allow ELL students to be counted in this subgroup for AYP up to three years after tranferring from the group.
ELL 2 - Summary of Recommendation Allow ELL students to take alternate assessment for up to three years, based on individual targets for meeting state standards.`
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)


Abbreviation Key for Organizations
AASA = American Association of School Administrators
AFT = American Federation of Teachers
BCSA = Business Coalition for Student Achievement
Comm. NCLB = Commission on No Child Left Behind
CCSSO = Council of Chief State School Officers
ECS = Education Commission of the States
Ed Trust = Education Trust
FEA = Forum on Educational Accountability
NAESP = National Association of Elementary School Principals
NASBE = National Association of State Boards of Education
NASSP = National Association of Secondary School Principals
NCSL = National Conference of State Legislatures
NEA = National Education Association
NGA = National Governors Association
NSBA = National School Boards Association


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