English-Language Learners

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Study: Language-Learning Ability Is Strong Until Late Teens

New research suggests that the "critical period" for learning a second language is longer than previously thought. (May 8, 2018)

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Spotlight on English-Language Learners

In this Spotlight, explore what research tells us about the effects of early exposure to English, the benefits of bilingualism and biliteracy, and new techniques to help ELLs talk about math.

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Which teaching practices are most effective for delivering academic content to ELLs, how many English-learners will move out of all language-development courses this year, and in what programs do native Spanish-speaking students have more success learning English?

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How Can Your District Spot—and Support—Diverse Gifted Students?
In this webinar, two experts offer guidance on identifying and serving advanced ELLs and building a stronger gifted program.

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Teaching America's English-Language Learners: A Special Report
This 2017 report explores questions around which instructional strategies work best for ELL students, including whether a bilingual approach to teaching English-learners puts students at an advantage. (Report also available in Spanish.)

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English-Language-Learner Statistics
See where English-language learners live and which home languages they speak.

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A California program uses Japanese-style lesson study and other teaching techniques to help ELL pupils "talk through" number problems.
February 8, 2017 – Education Week
Advocates are keeping close tabs on states over concerns about resources, staff, and know-how to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act's mandates regarding English-language learners.
January 4, 2017 – Quality Counts
Students with disabilities will find it easier next year to request accommodations on the SAT, the PSAT, and other tests the College Board runs.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
New federal regulations cover areas such as school ratings and quality indicators, dealing with "consistently underperforming" groups of students, testing opt-outs, and more.
December 14, 2016 – Education Week
Starting in fall 2017, English-learner students will be able to request extra time or other accommodations on the college-entrance exam.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
Nationwide, data show that nearly 7 percent of high school freshmen stop out for four weeks or more—and then return to graduate.
November 30, 2016 – Education Week
After nearly two decades of restrictions, educators say it will take time for schools to create new programs and hire bilingual teachers.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
Nearly 20 years after voting to restrict bilingual education in a state with more than 1 million schoolchildren who don't speak English as their first language, California voters appear poised to reverse that ban.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Buzz builds around a pilot program under the Every Student Succeeds Act that aims to jump-start the next generation of assessments.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week
ESL teacher Wendi Pillars shares the top takeaways compiled from a student project used to hone language skills, catalyze change, and improve how teachers view ELLs.
June 17, 2016 – Teacher

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