Guest Post by Sarah D. Sparks of Inside School Research.
As classrooms nationwide grapple with rising numbers of English-language learners, several research partnerships will focus on ways to improve achievement for these students. The U.S. Education Department has awarded them nearly $400,000 each over the next two years:
- The Oregon English Learner Alliance and Oregon State University will try to build a clearer picture of how ELL students get reclassified as they become more adept in English.
- In Fort Worth, district administrators and researchers from WestEd will look for interventions to keep the more than half of immigrant ELL students who drop out on track to graduation.
- SRI International researcher Savitha Moorthy will work with the Clark County, Nev. school system to explore how English-learners adapt to the state’s new middle school science standards, based on the next-generation science standards.
For more on the new partnerships, see my coverage at Inside School Research.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.