U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) have released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential.
In addition to the guidance, the Departments also released additional tools and resources to help schools in serving English learner students and parents with limited English proficiency:
- A fact sheet in English and in other languages about schools’ obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students can participate meaningfully and equally in school.
- A fact sheet in English and in other languages about schools’ obligations under federal law to communicate information to limited English proficient parents in a language they can understand.
- A toolkit to help school districts identify English learner students, prepared by the Education Department’s Office of English Language Acquisition. This is the first chapter in a series of chapters to help state education agencies and school districts meet their obligations to English learner students.
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New Webinar: Closing Achievement Gaps and Advancing Equity in the Implementation of the Common Core
Tuesday, January 20, 7:00 -8:00 PM EST/4:00 -5:00 PM PST
Join us for this webinar hosted by the National Education Association, Education Policy and Practice Department, and the Regional Equity Assistance Centers.
As implementation of the Common Core State Standards moves forward, persistent achievement gaps between different racial, ethnic, and economic groups remain a significant concern. In this webinar, representatives of the nation’s Regional Equity Assistance Centers will discuss how to identify and address equity issues to ensure that no student is denied the opportunities promised by the new standards.
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Key Areas of Work
The priorities of the Region IX Equity Assistance Center (EAC) at WestEd are clustered in three key areas of work:
- Improving academic language development for English learners and other students
- Improving the distribution of high-quality teachers