What You'll Find in This Section
The education of English language learners (ELLs) is impacted by policies at the federal, state, and local level. For more information about the federal laws and guidelines, see the following resources and our page on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly No Child Left Behind). For information about state policies, see our state resources section.
The articles in this section guide local educators and leaders through the process of creating appropriate language policies for their students. In addition, the section includes policy recommendations related to the creation of those documents and procedures.
This section provides an overview of landmark court cases regarding English language learners (ELLs) at the state and federal level, as well as related discussion topics.
When studying policy and English language learners (ELLs), it is helpful to start with some background information about the history of U.S. language policy. The following resources summarize key pieces of legislation, historical issues, and Landmark Court Cases regarding language policy.
In recent years, many schools have seen numbers of English language learners increase dramatically. In addition, new waves of refugees, the arrival of unaccompanied youth from Central America, and changes in the laws that impact undocumented students have had a significant impact on schools.
Learn more about what these changes mean for schools and teachers below.
The following articles provide perspectives meant to inform policy discussions around the education English language learners (ELLs). They are written for a general audience and we encourage you to chime in using our comment boxes after each article!
Our policy section was made possible by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation. The statements and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the authors.
The following recommendations from researchers, policymakers, and educators address some of the changes that these experts hope to see across the ELL field in the future.