English-Language Learners

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

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.

PD Directory

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There is a critical and rising need for fair, accurate assessments for English-language learners, David N. Plank writes.
August 30, 2011 - Education Week
Having teachers experience "a day in the life of an ELL" can be powerful professional development—and at one school it's reportedly helped close the achievement gap.
August 24, 2011 - Teacher
English-language learners remain underenrolled in virtual-learning programs, despite the prospect of such benefits as self-paced study and an adaptive curriculum.
August 22, 2011 - Education Week
Even though scores for Hispanic students have risen on National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, they continue to trail their white, non-Hispanic counterparts, on average, by up to two grade levels.
June 23, 2011 - Education Week
California and Wisconsin have each rallied a group of states to compete for $10.7 million to develop ELL tests tied to common standards.
June 14, 2011 - Education Week
Federal funds to support K-12 and college foreign-language instruction took a hit in the fiscal 2011 budget deal.
June 1, 2011 - Education Week
A growing number of studies offer guidance for educators on strategies for preparing the children of the nation’s growing immigrant population for kindergarten.
May 5, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
To qualify for federal grants to develop English-language-proficiency tests, states will have to agree on how to define ELL students, among other criteria, according to program rules published this week.
April 26, 2011 - Education Week
New data show a drop since 2005 in the proportion of Latino 4-year-olds attending preschool—even as preschool enrollment holds steady for African-American and white children.
April 8, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
A Texas district employs an intensive professional development method to help regular educators engage English-language learners.
April 4, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook

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