Schools Must Keep Serving English Learners During Pandemic, Federal Ed Officials Say
Schools that have switched to remote learning can’t give up on language services for their students learning English, the federal education department reminded school districts this week.
New guidance, published Monday by the U.S. Department of Education, answers questions facing schools serving the nation’s some 5 million English learners during the coronavirus pandemic, which has closed schools across the country.
The department already gave states permission to skip one critical requirement: giving an annual English proficiency exam. But the guidance goes into more detail about how schools might make up those tests next year, decide what kinds of classes students should be placed in this fall, and handle students who might have “tested out” of language services this spring.