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2015 Federal Guidelines

Joint Guidance from U.S. Departments of Education and Justice (2015)

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance on January 7, 2015, reminding states, local districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English Learners have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential.

  • Identifying all English Learner Students
  • Providing English Learners with a Language Assistance Program
  • Staffing and Supporting an English Learner Program
  • Providing English Learners Meaningful Access to Core Curricular and Extra Curricular Programs
  • Creating an Inclusive Environment for and Avoiding the Unnecessary Segregation of English Learners
  • Addressing English Learners with Disabilities
  • Serving English Learners Who Opt Out of English Learner Programs
  • Monitoring and Exiting English Learners from English Learner Programs and Services
  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of a District’s English Learner Program
  • Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Proficient Parents

For more details, read the Fact Sheet summary or the complete English Learner Toolkit  released in September 2015.

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