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Legal and Historical Context of Arizona’s English-Only Instruction Requirement. Arizona Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition Services. Guidelines. We love questions, but please keep them relevant to the material being presented.

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Legal and Historical Context of Arizona’s English-Only Instruction Requirement

Arizona Department of Education

Office of English Language Acquisition Services


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Guidelines Instruction Requirement

  • We love questions, but please keep them relevant to the material being presented.

  • This is a discussion of the legal and historical events leading us here today.


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Proposition 203 Instruction Requirement

  • Arizona Proposition 203, English for Children, was an initiative that was passed by 63% of Arizona voters on November 7, 2000. This piece of legislation resolved that all children in Arizona public schools shall be taught English as rapidly and effectively as possible.


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Proposition 203 Instruction Requirement

  • All children in Arizona public schools shall be taught English by being taught in English and all children shall be placed in English language classrooms.

  • Children who are English learners shall be educated through Sheltered English Immersion during a temporary transition period not normally intended to exceed one year.

  • Local schools shall be encouraged to mix together in the same classroom English learners from different native-language groups but with the same degree of English fluency.


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House Bill 2010* Instruction Requirement

  • Addressed the way that we identify, assess, reclassify and monitor English Language Learners (ELL).

*State of Arizona House of Representatives Forty-fifth Legislature Second Special Session 2001


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House Bill 2010* Instruction Requirement

  • The primary or home language for all new pupils who enroll in a school district or charter school shall be identified.

  • The English language proficiency of all pupils with a primary or home language other than English shall be assessed through the administration of English language proficiency exams.

  • The process of reassessment of English learners for the purpose of determining English language proficiency shall be conducted.

  • The evaluation of former English learners shall be conducted.

*State of Arizona House of Representatives Forty-fifth Legislature Second Special Session 2001


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House Bill 2010* Instruction Requirement

  • Formalized a process by which ADE was to develop guidelines for monitoring LEAs to ensure compliance with federal and state laws regarding ELLs. One of those mechanisms is LEA reporting.

*State of Arizona House of Representatives Forty-fifth Legislature Second Special Session 2001


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House Bill 2010* Instruction Requirement

  • The number of pupils who are classified as English learners for the first time.

  • The total number of pupils classified as English learners.

  • The number of English learners who achieved English proficiency in the past academic year and who exited the English learner program.

  • The number of pupils who are enrolled in each type of language acquisition program offered by the school district or charter school.

  • If requested by the Department of Education, the test date used to determine English proficiency.

*State of Arizona House of Representatives Forty-fifth Legislature Second Special Session 2001


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House Bill 2064* Instruction Requirement

  • This legislation consolidated and expanded state laws with regard to ELLs.

  • Provides prescriptive approach to educating ELLs while still providing flexibility.

*State of Arizona House of Representatives Forty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session 2006


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House Bill 2064* Instruction Requirement

  • Creation of ELL Task Force

    • Charged with developing and adopting research based models of SEI programs for use by LEAs

  • Add the results of AZELLA to AZLEARNS profile (A.R.S. §15-241)

  • Requires the Superintendent to establish a process to assess English proficiency (A.R.S. §15-756)

  • ELL Task Force creates SEI Models (A.R.S. §15-756.01) – Adopted September 13, 2007

  • Annual review and modification of models (A.R.S. §15-756.01)

  • Requires annual AZELLA (re)assessment (A.R.S. §15-756.05, §15-756.06)

*State of Arizona House of Representatives Forty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session 2006


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House Bill 2064* Instruction Requirement

  • Created the Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) (A.R.S. §15-756.07)

  • Requires compliance and monitoring of all aspects of the Federal and State laws including the SEI Models (A.R.S. §15-756.08)

  • SEI endorsement for AZ teachers (A.R.S. §15-756.09)

  • Requires accountability reporting by ADE and LEAs (A.R.S. §15-756.10)

*State of Arizona House of Representatives Forty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session 2006


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House Bill 2064* Instruction Requirement

  • Schools must teach English(A.R.S. §15-752)

  • Materials and instruction in English(A.R.S. §15-752)

  • All students may be grouped together by proficiency in a Structured English Immersion (SEI) classroom(A.R.S. §15-752)

  • Goal is for ELL students to become fluent English proficient in a period “not normally to exceed one year”(A.R.S. §15-756.01 C)

  • Cost efficient, research based models that meet all Federal and State laws(A.R.S. §15-756.01 D)

*State of Arizona House of Representatives Forty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session 2006


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House Bill 2064* Instruction Requirement

  • Minimum four hours per day for first year ELL students(A.R.S. §15-756.01 C)

  • “The task force shall identify the minimum amount of English language development per day for all models.”(A.R.S. §15-756.01 C)

  • “A pupil who has attained English proficiency… shall be transferred to English language mainstream classrooms.”(A.R.S. §15-756.05 C)

*State of Arizona House of Representatives Forty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session 2006


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House Bill 2064 Instruction Requirement

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