English-Language Learners

The latest news about English-language learners, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Spotlight on English Language Learners

In this Spotlight, explore what research tells us about teaching ELLs, learn how schools can build relationships with the families of ELLs, and read how schools are keeping ELL students on track to graduate.

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10/12 09:39 am | Early Education for Young Dual-Language Learners Weak in Many States, Report Finds | The dual-language-learner population in the United States has grown by about 24 percent since 2000, and now represents about 32 percent of children ages 8 and younger.

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How Can Your District Spot—and Support—Diverse Gifted Students?
In this webinar, two experts offer guidance on identifying and serving advanced ELLs and building a stronger gifted program.

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Supporting English-Language Learners With Technology
Our guests in this online chat discuss the technology tools designed to support English-language learners in school, as well as the resources available for teachers.

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Teaching America's English-Language Learners: A Special Report
This 2017 report explores questions around which instructional strategies work best for ELL students, including whether a bilingual approach to teaching English-learners puts students at an advantage. (Report also available in Spanish.)

Perspectives on a Population
This exclusive 2009 report offers the most comprehensive, data-driven examination to date of ELL students and youths in the United States.

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Special education accommodations and other supports for students in summer school are an overlooked necessity, writes teacher Adam Feinberg.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Spurred by changes in federal law, states are ramping up and revising English-proficiency testing for students who don't yet communicate fluently in English.
May 24, 2017 – Education Week
In a National Academies report on the state of education for ELLs, one theme is consistent: public schools need more resources and research.
March 8, 2017 – Education Week
The sweeping order to halt residents from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States and an uncertain fate for undocumented DREAMers are stoking fears for immigrant students.
February 8, 2017 | Updated: March 10, 2017 – Education Week
A California program uses Japanese-style lesson study and other teaching techniques to help ELL pupils "talk through" number problems.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates are keeping close tabs on states over concerns about resources, staff, and know-how to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act's mandates regarding English-language learners.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Students with disabilities will find it easier next year to request accommodations on the SAT, the PSAT, and other tests the College Board runs.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
New federal regulations cover areas such as school ratings and quality indicators, dealing with "consistently underperforming" groups of students, testing opt-outs, and more.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Starting in fall 2017, English-learner students will be able to request extra time or other accommodations on the college-entrance exam.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
Nationwide, data show that nearly 7 percent of high school freshmen stop out for four weeks or more—and then return to graduate.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week

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