Strong family-school partnerships are an essential lever for students to feel supported and thrive in an academic environment. Families have a civil right to equal participation in their students' educational experience, including families who speak a language other than English. To fulfill this obligation, school districts must have systems in place to provide translation and interpretation services so that all families can participate in the educational system. Data from the 2022-23 school year indicates that 25 percent of Massachusetts students speak a language other than English as their first language; suggesting that a significant proportion of families may benefit from interpretation and translation services in schools. This need has been growing each year. DESE seeks to support districts to more fully and equitably communicate with families that speak a language other than English and support parents/guardians in participating in critical choices impacting their children.
DESE will provide support for Language Access through:
Interpreter in the Education Setting training
Language Access Systems
Last Updated: September 29, 2023
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