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English Learner Education

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE)

Each year, Massachusetts schools enroll an increasing and diverse number of English learners (ELs) with limited or interrupted formal education. Students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE) often possess a variety of school readiness skills, sociolinguistic proficiencies, content knowledge, and academic ways of thinking different from students who have consistently attended Massachusetts schools.

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Interactive Guide to SLIFE Students

Last Updated: December 6, 2019

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