English Learner Education

Blueprint for English Learner Success

Pillar 3: Opportunity and Support

From the Vision: English learners have equitable access to meaningful and rigorous learning opportunities that build on their cultural and linguistic assets and the academic, linguistic, social, and emotional supports they need to excel.

Building Block 1: Meaningful and rigorous learning opportunities that build on English learners' assets

Level: State

  • The Department promotes the adoption of MassCore and encourages ELs to take rigorous coursework, including advanced courses such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, early college, and dual enrollment courses.

  • The Department provides guidance on developing school schedules that ensure that English language development support, academic services, and programs provided to ELs cause minimal disruption to core content instruction.

  • The Department monitors the effectiveness of districts' English learner education programs in supporting students' academic and linguistic development (i.e., through Tiered Focused Monitoring).

Last Updated: June 2, 2020

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