January 8, 2009

State Highlight Reports

The Quality Counts 2009 State Highlights Reports capture all of the data you need to assess your state’s performance in key areas.

Reports are available for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and compare individual state data to national data.

Report: Perspectives on a Population

Perspectives on a Population: English-Language Learners in American Schools offers the most comprehensive, data-driven examination to date of ELL students and youths in the United States. Get this special report for only $6.95

Webinar Archive


View the archive of our Jan. 13 webinar on the findings of QC 2009 and the current state of ELL education in the U.S.

Live Online Chats

JAN 8, 2 pm EST: Quality Counts 2009
The report's senior writer and the director of the EPE Research Center took your questions on this year's report and its findings.
Read the transcript.

JAN 15, 3 pm EST: The Future of ELL Education
ELL experts take your questions on this year's report and the state of ELL education across the states.
Read the transcript.

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This interactive map offers a quick way to examine State-by-State grades and summary data.
Looking for detailed state data? The State Highlights Reports assemble findings on each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia and compare individual state data to national data. (Available for $4.95 per report.)
Provides ways to compare multiple states' data in all categories.
Your turn. Manipulate grades for states based on weighting schemes of your choice.
13 demographic portraits, with audio interviews, of English-Language Learners from schools across the country.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Amid national political turnover and financial worries, states remain on the front line in the push for school improvement.
OVERVIEW
That sweeping shift in demographic patterns has strained the capacity of school districts, and even state departments of education, to develop and pay for instructional programs to teach children who are still learning English.
The task of ensuring that millions of children learn English—and succeed academically—is putting pressure on states and school districts as they push to boost student achievement overall.
Case law and statutes involving the right of English-learners to a public education—and the responsibilities of state and local governments to provide it—stretch back decades and continue to evolve.
TEACHING & RESEARCH
Even as new research turns up promising insights on how best to teach English-language learners, the pool of high-quality studies is still shallow, scholars say.
Faced with a shortage of teachers specializing in English as a second language, states and districts move to grow their own.
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Teaching ELL Students PDF
Assessment & Accountability
Determining where an English-language learner should be placed at the time of enrollment—and when the student should be moved—is a key part of assuring student success.
Students who are still working to master the English language are being held to the same reading and math proficiency targets as native English-speakers.
Exit exams that determine whether students graduate from high school can be a brick wall.
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Moving Toward Language Proficiency PDF
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Two Lenses: Academic Achievement PDF
FINANCING
States vary widely in how much of their own money—if any—they allot to English-language-learner programs to supplement federal funding.
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State Funding PDF
STATE OF THE STATES
With English-language learners as its special theme, Quality Counts 2009 for the first time details state policies to support this diverse group of students
Table Chance for Success PDF | Excel
Table School Finance PDF | Excel
Table Transitions and Alignment PDF | Excel

Quality Counts is produced with support from the Pew Center on the States.