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Improving Assessment and Accountability for English Language Learners in the No Child Left Behind Act

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): National Council of La Raza; National Council of La Raza

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Education (Statistics, research, and research methods and financing)

Keywords: Early childhood education; Public education; Hispanic population; limited-English-proficient (LEP)

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States United States


This report by the National Council of La Raza examines the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on English language learners (ELLs). It concludes that while the law has not been implemented adequately, it holds considerable promise for closing the achievement gap between ELLs and other students. The issue brief also provides a road map for policy-makers and school administrators for improving the law’s effectiveness for ELLs.