Evolution of Federal Policy and Implications of No Child Left Behind For Language Minority Students

Institution: University of Texas-San Antonio

Source: Education Policy Studies Laboratory

For more than three decades, the federal government had made steps toward meeting the needs of language minority students. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, however, marked a dramatic shift in education policy that devalues bilingual education and puts English language learners at the mercy of standardized tests that are written in a language in which they are not yet proficient.