Media Advisory

UnidosUS and Achieve to Release New Briefs Examining ESSA’s Impact on English Learners

May 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) and Achieve will host an event to release a series of briefs analyzing the progress states have made in ensuring their ESSA plans are meeting the needs of—and improving academic outcomes—for the nearly five million English learners (ELs) in the K-12 public school system.

The event will bring together education advocates and experts to evaluate the extent to which states succeeded in setting ambitious goals for ELs and examine the different approaches states employed to include students’ English language proficiency in their accountability systems. Presenters will also offer insight on the strategies and tools state and local systems can leverage to deliver on the promise of ESSA for ELs, one of several historically-underserved groups.

Under ESSA, states’ education plans are required to outline academic achievement goals applicable to their ELs and develop appropriate indicators to track their progress. The briefing will present key findings from the reports and recommend strategies for states to strengthen their accountability system for ELs.

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WHAT:UnidosUS and Achieve to Release New Briefs on EL Students
WHEN:Wednesday, May 30, 2018
12:30 p.m. ET
WHERE:UnidosUS Headquarters
ABC Conference Room 
1126 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
WHO:Moderator: Jennifer Sattem, Senior Fellow, Achieve
Amreena Hussein, Achieve
Rebeca Shackleford, Education Policy Analyst, UnidosUS
Adam Fernandez, Legislative Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal & Educational Fund
Amaya Garcia, Deputy Director of English Learner Education, New America
Liz King, Director of Education Policy, The Leadership Conference
Leslie Villegas, Associate Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter.