The Mid-Year LPAC: Setting ELLs Up for Success in Texas

If you follow our blog, then you’ve probably read a thing or two about the
Language Proficiency Assessment Committee, or LPAC, in Texas. All decisions about English Language Learners (ELLs) - from program placement and designated supports setting, to exit decisions and post-exit monitoring - are required to be made by the LPAC.

Topics: Leadership

Lessons Learned: How to Clarify Input for English Learners

They had been filling out their worksheets for 30 minutes, but I knew I wasn’t getting through to them. I could see their eyes glazing over, their heads starting to nod, and some of them even playing with their pencils.

Topics: Technology, Standards & Instruction, Teacher Tips

The "Why” Behind the Extended Four-Year Monitoring Period

Here’s a seemingly simple question: Why did ESSA extend the monitoring period for former ELLs to four years?  

One of the more interesting accountability changes in the new ESSA legislation has to do with the requirement that districts now must monitor former ELLs for four years instead of two. We were pleased to hear this at Ellevation, given our focus on supporting digital monitoring processes for school districts, and we aren’t alone. The Council of Great City Schools praised the change, and Dr. Wayne Wright’s recent webinar compliments the adjustment as well. But I couldn’t help wondering why the change was implemented in the first place. What were lawmakers thinking?

Topics: Technology, Policy

A New Workflow Makes Approving STAAR Test Accommodations Easier

Educators in Texas face a daunting challenge when it comes to serving English learners. In Dallas, for example, one out of every three students is a non-native speaker. According to the Migration Policy Institute, Texas was home to nearly 810,000 ELs in 2014, meaning the state has the second largest EL population nationwide.

Topics: Product

A Thanksgiving Read: Inspiring Stories of ELL Tenacity

With the start of school behind us, Thanksgiving falls at such a perfect time, providing an opportunity to recharge, spend time with friends and families, and give thanks. As we all know Thanksgiving is also in part a story of common ground and celebration. During this time of relative quiet, at least on the work front, I find my attention turning to stories of inspiration that connect to our work, and to the direction we will take as a nation.

Topics: Ellevation News

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