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English Learner Education

Guidance and Laws

Guidance on Programming for ELs

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Guidance for Supporting English Learners with Disabilities
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Guidance for Implementing the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy
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Guidance for English Learner Parent Advisory Councils
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Guidance for Defining and Implementing Two Way Immersion Programs
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Guidance for Defining and Implementing Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) Programs
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Guidelines for the Use of Benchmarks Toward Attaining English Proficiency
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Massachusetts Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) Definition and Guidance


Federal Laws

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Programs for English Language Learners (U.S. Office for Civil Rights)
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Title III - Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient & Immigrant Students (U.S. Department of Education)
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Office of Special Education Programs (U.S. Department of Education)

State Laws

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M.G.L. Ch. 71a: English Language Education in Public Schools
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M.G.L. Ch. 71b: Children with Special Needs
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Chapter 138 of the Acts of 2017: An Act Relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids ("LOOK Act")
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December 19, 2018 Board Presentation on the Look Act

State Regulations

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603 CMR 14.00: Education of English Learners Regulations
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603 CMR 28.00: Special Education
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603 CMR 31.00: Massachusetts Certificate of Mastery & State Seal of Biliteracy

Last Updated: March 9, 2020

 
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