English-Language Learners

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

Students in the District of Columbia’s International Academy at Cardozo Education Campus, immigrants from Central America and Asia, work on an assignment in history class.
—Greg Kahn for Education Week

In U.S. Schools, Undocumented Youths Strive to Adjust

While some schools have struggled to meet the needs of an influx of immigrant students, others are offering supports to help them get a linguistic, cultural, and academic foothold. (May 4, 2015)

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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05/20 04:16 pm | New Glossary Aims to Offer Clarity on Language-Learner Terms | The New America Foundations hopes the glossary will pin down what educators mean when they talk about dual-language learners, English-language learners, long-term English ...

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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.

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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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In some schools, the new standards are leading to a closer collaboration between content-area teachers and those who serve students with special needs.
October 28, 2013 - Education Week
The goal of a new guide is to help states find common ground on figuring out who qualifies for English-language-learner services and when students no longer need them.
September 5, 2013 - Education Week
The PARCC consortium outlines supports to be offered English-learners and students with disabilities on common-core-aligned assessments.
July 9, 2013 - Education Week
From the start, the writers of the Next Generation Science Standards sought to keep in mind the needs of students who are historically underrepresented in advanced science classes.
June 28, 2013 - Education Week
Preschool English-learners benefit from exposure to both English and their home language, say researchers.
May 21, 2013 - Education Week
To help individualize lessons, teachers often rely on digital curricula used for all students as well as software programs tailored for English-language learners.
May 20, 2013 - Education Week
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

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