Definition of English language learners varies among states

10/23/2013 | Stateline

Some states are considering the need for a common definition for English language learners -- a move that could have financial implications because schools currently are required to provide additional services for ELL students. States -- and even many school districts -- define ELL differently. "A kid could be an English learner in one district, cross the road into another and be considered not an English learner," said Robert Linquanti, project director for English Learner Evaluation and Accountability Support at WestEd.

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