English-Language Learners

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

First grader Aston Prieto, 6, uses magnetic letters to form words in Italian at the Franklin International Language Academy in Glendale, Calif.
—Emile Wamsteker for Education Week

More States and Districts Embrace Biliteracy

Shifting demographics and economic interests are transforming views on multilingual education around the country. (October 21, 2015)

Spotlight on English-Language Learners

In this Spotlight, explore dual-language programs, common-core instruction for English-learners, and new ELL guidelines.

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11/20 03:53 pm | Some U.S. Schools Help Immigrant and Refugee Students Find Foothold | PBS Newshour is airing a two part series on English-language learners and refugee students, shedding some light on the realities that refugee children face as they integrate ...

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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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A group of Chicago researchers say that students' performance in 9th grade is better than language proficiency for targeting which English-learners are likely to graduate on time—and who needs more help.
May 30, 2012 - Education Week
Under new rules, school grades must factor in math and reading scores for ELLs after just one year of instruction.
May 22, 2012 - Education Week
Analysts find plenty of room to grow for districts getting federal funds to provide English-language-acquisition services.
May 22, 2012 - Education Week
In an excerpt from their upcoming book, Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski highlight student reflection as an important tool in assessing the progress of English-language learners.
May 1, 2012 - Teacher
English-learners will have to go beyond the fundamentals and master "academic language," experts say.
April 23, 2012 - Education Week
Growing numbers of schools are offering dual-language classes, where teachers split instruction between English and a second language.
March 23, 2012 | Updated: June 24, 2015 - Education Week
Writing with teacher Mary Jewell, students of undocumented immigration status share their hopes and fears about the future.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week
A new Education Department guidebook has advice for states on setting proficiency standards and academic goals for English-learners.
February 21, 2012 - Education Week
Providing non-English-speaking students with resources to navigate through their school day can make all the difference in their academic success, writes Helen Janc Malone.
February 6, 2012 - Education Week
The state schools chief has assigned an expert team to boost the achievement of the state's 1 million English-language learners.
January 31, 2012 - Education Week

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