Kristin Grayson, M.Ed.

English Learners and the New ESSA Law – Podcast Episode 163 | Classnotes Podcast 163

Classnotes Podcast (May 10, 2016) Just a few months ago, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law, succeeding the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The new federal education law has significant implications for the education of English language learners. The implications range from entry and exit procedures, to accountability requirements and parent communication. Kristin Grayson, Ph.D., IDRA education associate, discusses implications for schools and resources educators can use to ensure ELs receive an excellent education. Kristin is interviewed David Hinojosa, J.D., IDRA’s national director of policy and director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity.

Show length: 13:59

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Dear Colleague Letter: English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents
By the Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice, January 7, 2015

English Learner Tool Kit
U.S. Department of Education

The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners
by Larry Ferlazzo, EduBlog

New Education Legislation Includes Important Policies for English Learners, Potential Pitfalls for their Advocates
By Delia Pompa, Migration Policy Institute, December 2015

Major Provisions of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Related to the Education of English Learners
Council of Chief State School Officers, February 2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act and Dual Language Learners
By Conor Williams, New America

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Show Notes

  • David shares the background of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in late 2015, and how it replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

  • Kristin describes how the new law will impact English learners (ELs). Changes include using more asset-oriented language to describe the students, combining Title III and Title I regulations, establishing clear entry and exit accountability procedures for states, and stronger requirements for communication with parents.

  • David and Kristin discuss IDRA research around potential drawbacks of ESSA, such as the masking of academic performance of some ELs.

  • Kristin considers how ESSA could impact field projects with school districts around equity for ELs and special-education students.

  • Kristin talks about online resources for parents and educators to learn more about the rights of English learners.