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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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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English-Language Learners

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States are excluding fewer ELLs and special education students from NAEP tests but they still fall short of federal targets.
November 15, 2011 - Education Week
Under pressure from state and federal education departments, the nation's two largest school systems announced plans this month to dramatically improve services for hundreds of thousands of English-language learners.
October 25, 2011 - Education Week
The Los Angeles Unified School District agrees to changes involving English-learners and African-American students.
October 18, 2011 - Education Week
Having teachers experience “a day in the life of an English-language learner” can reveal gaps in academic-language exposure.
October 12, 2011 - Teacher PD Sourcebook
Spurred by a stinging report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Massachusetts school officials are taking steps to require regular classroom teachers to be trained to work with English-language learners.
September 28, 2011 - Education Week
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

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