Why do you believe that achievement for ELLs should or should not be state-mandated? What are the strengths and weaknesses of current mandates in place at the state level?
While I don't really know what state you are in, it doesn't really matter. The problem with state-mandated anything is that there are often too many exceptions and there can be difficulty in enforcement.
Here are examples of problems I have witnessed.
Sometimes students are in the programs or the classification and as time goes by nobody really understands why. I had parents uncomfortable with it and said that they only speak English in the home, and so don't know how this has happened. Turns out, with careful research, unknowingly, a parent had checked off on a school admission application that they spoke the language in the home, thereby requiring annual testing for the child. If, in fact, the child is proficient in English, eventually, he ...
This solution helps with a problem regarding state mandates concerning English Language Learners. It also discusses the strength and weaknesses of current mandates in place at the state level.