This thesis identifies the English Language Learners (ELL) policies according to federal, state, and districts and compares these policies to what is currently implemented in Orange County Public Schools in the state of Florida. The introduction includes vocabulary for ELL and personal rational. They are followed by the history of the court cases and policies pertaining to the state of Florida that create a timeline. Immediately after, a literature review compares policies to what is being implemented in various states across the United States. Next, interviews with two former or retired Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) were conducted with findings supporting the information in the literature review. Results suggest there are inconsistencies in implementation across states. Two factors include vagueness of the wording of policies, and the power of implementing policies rests with the state and local districts. Furthermore, teachers report not being adequately trained to teach ELL students. In conclusion, the researcher proposes finding ways to elicit more consistency from federal, state, and local districts to advocate for the educational success of English Language Learners.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Community Innovation and Education
School of Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education
Baggaley, Brittany, "An Exploration of Federal, State of Florida, and Local Policies and Classroom Implementation in Early Childhood Education" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 670.
Restricted to the UCF community until 5-1-2020; it will then be open access.