English-Learners and NCLB Waivers: A Guide for States and Districts
By Lesli A. Maxwell
December 10, 2012
As 34 states move ahead with the plans that granted them U.S. Department of Education waivers from parts of the No Child Left Behind law, a team of researchers at the American Institutes for Research have been developing guides to help states and districts keep the promises they made to win the flexibility.
English-language learners are the focus of the first of these AIR waiver guides, which, among other things, highlights promising practices that state and local leaders may use to ensure that the particular needs of the English-language learners in their schools are served well under states' waiver plans. Diane August, who directs AIR's Center for English-Language Learners, wrote the guide after reviewing all 34 waiver plans that have been approved by the Education Department.
August lays out concrete steps states and districts must take on behalf of English-learners under three of the four main principles that the Education Department required as a condition for states to receive flexibility.
Read on for a summary of the guide: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2012/12/_english-learners_NCLB_waivers.html