Education Report Roundup

Data Use Improves ELL Achievement

By Mary Ann Zehr — May 11, 2007 1 min read

A study of a representative sample of schools in California shows that schools where the principal and the district extensively used test data to improve instruction and student learning had the highest achievement for English-language learners.

The study also found that schools’ English-language learners performed better in the state’s accountability system if the schools’ curricula and instruction were “coherent” and aligned with state standards. Published by EdSource, a nonprofit organization that monitors education in California, the study is based on a random sample of 257 elementary schools.

“Similar English Learner Students, Different Results: Why Do Some Schools Do Better?” is available from EdSource.

A version of this article appeared in the May 16, 2007 edition of Education Week