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Running head: EQUAL PROTECTION AND PUBLIC EDUCATION 1 Equal Protection and Public Education Katie Frisbie Grand Canyon University: POS 500 Instructor David Holt June 13, 2018
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Equal Protection and Public Education 2 Classifications Based on English Language Learners Classification The classification of students as English Language Learners varies by state, but under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a definition for ELL’s is provided (National Research Council, 2011). While this Act provides a definition, it leaves a lot of the power up to individual states in determining procedures in the identification process of students that will require language services (National Research Council, 2011). Something that is consistent across the United States is the initial classification process. This is usually done through home language surveys which includes a brief questionnaire to identify students coming from a home where something other than English impacts the child’s level of English language proficiency (National Research Council, 2011). This is usually done at the time of enrollment and in some cases only if a student is referred. Some things that would be addressed in the questionnaire are: the language spoken in the home, the first language of the student, and any other languages that may be spoken by the student other than English (National Research Council, 2011). The screening process that is done for all students can be done through a short English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessment or a more in-depth ELP assessment (National Research Council, 2011). These screeners allow schools to identify students who may need services and schools also monitor the progress of the students each year to determine whether their progress shows enough improvement to discontinue services or continue them (National Research Council, 2011). These
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