Each district must define the educational approach(es) it will use to meet the academic and language needs of its EL population by providing ELs with systematic, explicit, and sustained English language development and meaningful participation in the district’s general educational program.
After the school district identifies a student as an EL, it must place the student in an ELE program. Massachusetts recognizes Sheltered English Immersion (SEI), Dual Language Education (DLE) or Two-Way Immersion (TWI) and Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) programs. When districts consider providing a program other than SEI, DLE or TBE, they will need to refer to the research that defines the program as sound and appropriate for the student population that it will serve.
Last Updated: April 25, 2019
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