English-Language Learners

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

Ke’mari Barnes, left, and Yesenia Gomez work together on puzzle cards during a pre-K class at the Dual Language Academy in Tulsa, Okla.
—Shane Bevel for Education Week

Teaching English-Language Learners: What Does the Research Tell Us?

Questions around which instructional strategies work best for English-learners are far from settled, including how much a bilingual approach to teaching puts such students at an advantage. (May 11, 2016)

Spotlight on English Language Learners

In this Spotlight, explore what research tells us about teaching ELLs, learn how schools can build relationships with the families of ELLs, and read how schools are keeping ELL students on track to graduate.

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08/18 03:35 pm | Research Aims to Bring English-Learner Data Into Focus | Arguing that this data is too often misused and misunderstood, two reports offer guidance for educators and advocates who want to fairly treat and evaluate ELLs.

On-Demand Webinar

English-Learners and the Common-Core: New Instructional Strategies
In this webinar, veteran teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski offer guidance on integrating the common-core standards into ELL instruction.

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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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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 11, 2013 – Education Week
The PARCC consortium outlines supports to be offered English-learners and students with disabilities on common-core-aligned assessments.
July 10, 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.
July 10, 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 22, 2013 – Education Week
Preschool English-learners benefit from exposure to both English and their home language, say researchers.
May 22, 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 15, 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 24, 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 3, 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 3, 2013 – Education Week
A California school district and a museum are working together to teach English-learners the language in tandem with science.
March 27, 2013 – Education Week

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