3Center or American Progress | Using No Child Let Behind Waivers to Improve English Language Learner Education
English language learners. eacher observaion sysems, which are increasingly used omeasure eacher eeciveness, also end o vary in how hey assess eachers in meeinghe needs o English language learner sudens.
Te Elemenary and Secondary Educaion Ac waivers oer saes an opporuniy o pressahead wih eors ha improve insrucion or English language learners. Te waiverapplicaion and review process encourages saes o consider how heir sae sandardscan suppor learning and insrucion or English language learners and how eacherand leader evaluaion sysems can improve he qualiy o insrucion or hese sudens. Accounabiliy, oo, plays an imporan role in improving insrucion and is a key area hasaes mus address in heir waiver applicaions. For he purposes o his column, however, we ocus solely on he principles relaed o sae sandards and leadership and insrucion.Elsewhere we have examined sae plans or heir accounabiliy sysems.
What makes a high-quality waiver application for English languagelearners and their teachers?
Te U.S. Deparmen o Educaion issued guidance o direc reviewers as hey consid-ered saes’ waiver applicaions and o help saes develop “high-qualiy requess” or waivers.
Te Educaion Deparmen denes a high-qualiy reques as being “compre-hensive and coheren in is approach and … clearly indicaes how his fexibiliy willhelp … improve suden achievemen and he qualiy o insrucion or sudens.”
Tereview guidance promps reviewers and saes o consider how he needs o Englishlanguage learners are being addressed under each principle.
States are encouraged to ensure that English language learnershave the opportunity to achieve state college- and career-readystandards at a minimum by:
Analyzing the linguistic demands o their college- and career-ready standards and using results to develop or revise existingEnglish language profciency standards
Providing proessional development and other support toprepare incoming and current teachers to help all students,including English language learners, meet expectations set bythe standards
Developing and disseminating high-quality instructional materi-als aligned to the new standards that support the teaching andlearning o all students, including English language learners
Working with institutions o higher education and otherteacher and leader preparation programs to better preparenew teachers and leaders to teach all students, includingEnglish language learners
Principle 1: Meeting college- and career-ready expectations for all students