April 2020

New America

COVID-19: Linguistically Diverse Students: Issues, Implications and Policy Recommendations

Although the U.S. Department of Education has offered preliminary guidance about protecting the civil rights of students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the rights of ELs are not mentioned. More federal and state guidance could help school personnel to make informed decisions about necessary and effective instructional services, as well as how to appropriately classify and reclassify ELs during this unprecedented time. []

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