English-Language Learners

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

Dilma shows a photograph of her 12-year-old son, David, who recently arrived from San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
—Photo by Lexey Swall/Grain for Education Week

After Journey From Honduras, Boy Starts School in U.S.

Like tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children who've arrived in the country since last fall, David brings harsh memories, and his family’s hopes, as he starts middle school in the District of Columbia. (August 25, 2014)

Spotlight on Common Core for ELLs

The Common Core State Standards are placing new demands on English-language learners. In this Spotlight take a look at how schools are making the standards accessible to ELLs, understand how the common core may help establish uniform definitions for ELLs, and see how teachers are preparing for instruction and assessment challenges.

Spotlight on ELLs in the Classroom

This Spotlight focuses on ways to meet English-Language Learners’ needs, including teacher professional development, early detection of dropouts, and what the new common-core standards mean for ELL students.

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10/20 09:18 am | Florida's First Formal Move Against the U.S. Dept. of Ed on ELL Testing | Scott sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, requesting a hearing on the issue before the Office of the Administrative Law Judges.

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Improving Literacy for English-Language Learners
Our guests discussed the research on the most effective approaches to improving literacy for ELLs and how school districts can implement common core for such students.

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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.

Special Collections

Quality Counts 2009
This report looks at how the sweeping shift in demographic patterns has strained the capacity of school districts to develop and pay for instructional programs to teach children who are still learning English.

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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The common-core standards may be paving the way for more uniform definitions for deciding who gets ELL services.
February 26, 2013 - Education Week
The push is on to speed a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including for more than 2 million brought to the United States as children.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week
Twenty years after desegregation ended, the mayor wants to change the way students are matched to schools.
February 5, 2013 - Education Week
An immigrant herself, Valeria Silva led by example a nationwide push to teach English-learners in mainstream classes.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week
Experts are piloting lessons intended to show educators what common-core instruction might look like with students learning English.
January 15, 2013 - Education Week
English-language-learner educators say the uncertain role of their clearinghouse is symptomatic of diminishing federal attention.
December 11, 2012 - Education Week
December 10, 2012 - Education Week
College access and immigration are among the topics that may rise on the to-do list for the president and Congress.
December 3, 2012 - Education Week
Maryland voters ratify a law making undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition.
November 13, 2012 - Education Week
An Albuquerque school focuses on making literacy standards accessible to all—including English-learners.
November 13, 2012 - Education Week

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