The No Child Left Behind Act Requires English Language Learners

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English language learners (ELL) are one of the fastest growing classifications of students attending schools in the United States today. They represent a diverse group of students typically coming from homes or backgrounds where English is not the primary language spoken. Additionally, ELL students experience difficulties communicating or learning academic instruction in English.
The process of identifying ELL students is difficult because there is no uniform code. As a result, the procedures for classification vary from state to state. Federal guidelines use the term “limited English proficient” (LEP) to define students learning English as part of their educational curriculum. Other students known as ELL (English language learners) are bilingual and are learning English as a second language. Both the LEP and ELL students are at risk for failing to pass state tests or participate in society because of their limited understanding of the English language.
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The No Child Left Behind Act requires English language learners (ELL) to be held to the same academic standards as English speaking students. Schools must provide specialized instruction that enable students to receive meaning education. Federal mandates attempt to create educational opportunities that help ELL students in reaching their full potential. To ensure equal access to an education is achieved, states are required to assess students with tools aligned with state content standards. The results from the
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