A national survey of districts that serve high school-aged English-language learners found that roughly two-thirds of districts provide English-as-a-second-language instruction for students.
Conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, the first-of-its-kind survey aimed to provide a national look at the programs and services available to English-learners enrolled in the nation’s public high schools.
Based on information collected in fall 2015, the survey findings are based on self-reported data from 1,700 public school districts that educate an estimated 774,500 English-learners.
The questionnaire used to collect the data asked about topics such as teaching methods, technology use, access to translation and interpretation services, and opportunities for English-learners ages 18 to 21.
The survey found that nearly half of the participating districts (47 percent) use sheltered English-instruction, a system where ELLs with limited English proficiency are taught in stand-alone classrooms. Critics contend that such programs can delay ELLs’ access to regular classroom content.
Among the survey’s other findings:
- Forty-three percent of districts have tutoring services designed for English-learners.
- Sixteen percent of districts have newcomer programs for English-learners.
- Fifty-eight percent reported that English-learners used online or computer-based English-language acquisition programs.
Here’s a look at the survey.
Photo credit: Kenia, who came to the United States from Honduras, participates in a graduation award ceremony at her Charlotte, N.C., high school. -- Chris Keane for Education Week
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.