This year’s survey of states for Quality Counts 2010, which was released yesterday, finds that 39 states provide resources or guides accompanying their content standards in core academic areas that are geared to special student populations, including English-language learners and students with disabilities.
The states that don’t report having such supplementary materials for special student populations are Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Wyoming.
The EPE Research Center’s Education Counts database breaks down this information even further, showing that 34 states have supplementary resources for educators that elaborate on the implementation of content standards for English-language learners. In addition to the states I’ve listed in the paragraph above, the following states also don’t have resources about content standards specifically geared toward ELLs: Alabama, Hawaii, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Are those of you in states with such resources finding them useful? I invite you to share links to any of them on this site and your take on whether they’ve helped to improve instruction for ELLs in your school district.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.