English-Language Learners Report Roundup

Different ELL Programs Found Effective

By Lesli A. Maxwell — March 25, 2014 1 min read

By the time they reached 5th grade, English-language learners in San Francisco’s public schools were equally proficient in English, whether they had been in a bilingual program or had received all their instruction in English, a recent study from Stanford University researchers has found.

Though ELLs who were in bilingual education programs in San Francisco lagged in the earlier grades, they scored similarly on the state’s academic tests and had virtually the same rates of reclassification to English-fluent status by 5th grade as their ELL peers who were in the district’s English-immersion program.

Growth in English Proficiency

BRIC ARCHIVE

Source: San Francisco Unified School District, Stanford University

One notable exception: By 5th grade, higher numbers of Latino ELLs in bilingual programs reached the “midbasic” level of achievement on California’s English/language arts exam than their Latino ELL peers in English-immersion. That is the required minimum to be considered for reclassification to English-proficient status, among other criteria.

The study—commissioned by the San Francisco district and conducted by researcher Sean Reardon—compared the progress of English-learners as they moved from kindergarten through elementary grades and into middle school.

The study’s sample was 18,000 English-learners who entered kindergarten in San Francisco between 2002 and 2010. About 37 percent of the district’s student population are English-learners.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the March 26, 2014 edition of Education Week as Different ELL Programs Found Effective

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Webinar
Addressing Learning Loss: What Schools Need to Accelerate Reading Instruction in K-3
When K-3 students return to classrooms this fall, there will be huge gaps in foundational reading skills. Does your school or district need a plan to address learning loss and accelerate student growth? In this
Content provided by PDX Reading
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Equity & Diversity Webinar
Culturally Relevant Pedagogy to Advance Educational Equity
Schools are welcoming students back into buildings for full-time in-person instruction in a few short weeks and now is the perfect time to take a hard look at both our practices and systems to build
Content provided by PowerMyLearning
Classroom Technology Webinar Making Big Technology Decisions: Advice for District Leaders, Principals, and Teachers
Educators at all levels make decisions that can have a huge impact on students. That’s especially true when it comes to the use of technology, which was activated like never before to help students learn

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

English-Language Learners Opinion The Six Most Effective Instructional Strategies for ELLs—According to Teachers
Teachers share their "go-to" strategies for teaching English-language learners, including sentence starters and Total Physical Response.
12 min read
Images shows colorful speech bubbles that say "Q," "&," and "A."
iStock/Getty
English-Language Learners English-Learners May Need More Support This Fall. But That Doesn't Mean They're Behind
English-language learners lost some opportunities—and gained others—during their months learning at home.
8 min read
Collage of a student.
Collage by Laura Baker/Education Week (Images: iStock/Getty, E+)
English-Language Learners Opinion I Thought I Understood Parents of Language-Learners. Then I Became One
After teaching ELL instruction to preservice teachers for years, this professor got a new perspective when her family moved to Germany.
Rosalie Metro
5 min read
A teacher is connected to her students in the community.
ilyaliren/iStock/Getty
English-Language Learners Explainer Who's Teaching the Children Crossing the U.S. Border? Answers to 6 Questions
A growing number of unaccompanied minors are crossing into the U.S. via the southwestern border. What's happening with their education?
9 min read
San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria along with other officials are among the group of elected officials who were given a tour of the temporary youth shelter at the San Diego Convention Center on March 27, 2021. The girls will be separated in sleeping areas that will host up to 50-girls per pod. The temporary shelter will max out about 1450 girls.
San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and other elected officials tour the temporary youth shelter at the San Diego Convention Center earlier this year. The shelter was set up to house 1,450 girls crossing into the United States from South and Central America.
Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP