English-Language Learners

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Sixth graders at KIPP Washington Heights Middle School in New York solve problems at a whiteboard in teacher Silvestre Arcos’ computation class. In transitioning to the common-core standards, Mr. Arcos has focused on his English-learners’ language needs.
—Mark Abramson for Education Week

Common-Core Math Standards Put New Focus on English-Learners

With their heightened emphasis on language and explication, the new math standards pose unique challenges for students who are not fully proficient in English. (November 10, 2014)

Common-Core Math in Practice

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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Learning the Language Blog

12/18 04:00 pm | California Puts More Attention on Long-Term English-Language Learners | Many students struggle to learn English because schools fail to monitor their progress, adequately train teachers or provide appropriate curriculum.

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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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Plaintiffs in a long-running lawsuit challenging Arizona's practice of educating ELL learners in separate English-language classes for four hours a day are appealing a federal court ruling that upheld the practice.
May 14, 2013 - Education Week
The first of two groups of states working to design common assessments has released a draft accommodations manual that outlines the types of test supports that can be used to help ELLs and students with disabilities.
April 23, 2013 - Education Week
The consortia devising new common assessments must navigate many obstacles in making the tests accessible to English-learners and students with disabilities.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
In drafting test protocols, the consortia crafting common assessments are using research to sort through the wide variety of state-permitted accommodations for English-learners.
April 2, 2013 - Education Week
A California school district and a museum are working together to teach English-learners the language in tandem with science.
March 26, 2013 - Education Week
The NAEP policy board grapples with ways to expand participation of English-learners and students with disabilities.
March 12, 2013 - Education Week
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

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