Navigating CR Part 154 in New York

There’s a buzz in New York right now, and it’s not about the latest Broadway hit or a Yankees winning streak. Educators all over the state are talking about amendments to CR Part 154, the regulations that govern how English as a New Language (ENL) programs operate and report on student progress. Significant changes made to the regulations have had a massive impact on ENL programs across the state.

Topics: Policy

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

Effective: The Most Important Word in the ESSA

In this blog series, we host a running conversation about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and English Learners (ELs). Our goal is to put a spotlight on key features of the legislation, with insights from practitioners and policy makers in the field. In doing so, we hope to make sense of a rapidly-evolving policy landscape and help the educators in our community understand the changes that will affect their work. Today, we are focusing on the single most important word in the Department’s recent guidance document: effective.

Topics: Policy

ESSA's impact on English Language Learners: What we know so far

Tim Boals is the founder and executive director of WIDA, and a member of Ellevation's Instructional Advisory Board.  

December 10, 2015, brought us the long-awaited reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which for the last 14 years was known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The new authorization, named the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) maintains basic components of accountability while devolving much of the control in defining what accountability will look like back to states and local schools. While many of the details of implementation await federal guidance due out in fall 2016, the broad parameters are found in the legislation.

Topics: Policy

ESSA and ELLs: A public policy blog series

The coming school year will be an exciting time for those of us who care about the policies and practices that support success for English Language Learners. With the Congressional passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act on December 10th, 2015, the action now shifts to the Education Department, which will be issuing guidance on the new rules this fall. Then, the work moves to the states, which will be required to develop accountability plans for ELLs that meet the requirements of the new ESSA legislation. A year from now, the familiar requirements of NCLB will be replaced with a wider variety of state-driven accountability measures, but it is anyone’s guess as to what the specifics will look like.

Topics: Policy

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