[lg policy] New York: Addressing criticism from the misclassification of Asian American client as English Language Learning

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 26 14:02:03 UTC 2009

>> AALDEF Commends Iowa School District’s New ELL Classification Policy

Compiled by Beleza Chan


AALDEF Commends Iowa School District’s New ELL Classification Policy

New York - Addressing criticism from the misclassification of Asian
American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) client Lori
Phanachone as an English Language Learner (ELL), Storm Lake School
District has created a comprehensive new ELL classification policy.
Storm Lake will retroactively apply this new policy, which sets forth
clear steps for identification and classification of ELL students as
well as parental notice, to the approximately 1,000 ELLs currently
enrolled in Storm Lake public schools.
Storm Lake erroneously
classified Ms. Phanachone, a Laotian American student with a 3.98 GPA,
as an ELL without assessing her actual English ability. This spring,
the honors student protested Storm Lake’s faulty classification by
boycotting a yearly ELL test, resulting in a 3-day suspension,
revocation of her National Honor Society membership and
extracurricular privileges, as well as a threat of further discipline.
After AALDEF’s intervention, Storm Lake agreed to reclassify Ms.
Phanachone as English proficient, lift all disciplinary consequences
from her record, and restore her National Honors Society membership.
Lori Phanachone said: “I’m glad my taking a stand has led Storm Lake
to improve its ELL classification policy. Now, other students who were
misclassified under the old policy will have a chance to be
reclassified as English proficient.”

N.b.: Listing on the lgpolicy-list is merely intended as a service to
its members
and implies neither approval, confirmation nor agreement by the owner
or sponsor of the list as to the veracity of a message's contents.
Members who disagree with a message are encouraged to post a rebuttal.
(H. Schiffman, Moderator)

For more information about the lgpolicy-list, go to

This message came to you by way of the lgpolicy-list mailing list
lgpolicy-list at groups.sas.upenn.edu
To manage your subscription unsubscribe, or arrange digest format: https://groups.sas.upenn.edu/mailman/listinfo/lgpolicy-list

More information about the Lgpolicy-list mailing list