ESSA │English Language Learners (ELLs)
While English learners (ELs) come to school with the benefit of speaking a language other than English, they face the challenge of acquiring content knowledge in English at the same time as they acquire English as an additional language. They are held to the same graduation requirements and accountability standards as their English-proficient peers. Under ESSA statewide entrance and exit procedures for EL services must be standardized throughout the state, and EL monitoring requirements .
The experts at AIR support ELs by conducting rigorous research and evaluation to improve instruction and learning, evaluating policy to inform decision-making, and creating resources and providing hands-on support designed to enhance EL practice at the district, school, and classroom level.