Take a look at the latest Quality Counts report, which concentrates on English-language learners, and you get an idea of the challenges many school systems are facing in meeting
the needs of this growing population. You may be surprised by the numbers of students in this category, and the broader data picture.
Chris Swanson, the director of the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, which conducted the exhaustive study, presents the data in an informative Webinar, which you can access on the Ed Week website.
There may be some surprises for those of us who aren’t up on the information. Two-thirds of these students, for example, are born in this country. Some 17 percent are third-generation Americans, meaning both their parents were born in the United States.
There’s lots more worth taking a look at.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.