English-Language Learners

The latest news about English-language learners, including articles, opinion essays, and special features.

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Schools Lean on Staff Who Speak Students' Language to Keep English-Learners Connected

The rocky shift to remote learning has exacerbated inequities for the nation's 5 million English-learners. An army of multilingual liaisons work round the clock to plug widening gaps. (April 27, 2020)

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Amid rapid growth, educators are finding new ways to better serve English-Language Learners. In this Spotlight, discover how districts are building workforces that mirror their student bodies, how educators are supporting ELLs with disabilities, and how parental fluency affects a student’s chance for success in school..

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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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Tens of thousands of children have fled chaos in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, surviving dangerous journeys and confinement in shelters in a quest to get to the U.S.-Mexico border. Now, many are living in communities and attending schools across the United States and face new risks and ominous questions about their futures.

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Shifting demographics and economic interests are transforming views on multilingual education around the country.
October 7, 2015 – Education Week
Once a journalist covering English-language learners, Mary-Ann Zehr realized she had a lot to learn once she stepped into the classroom.
September 23, 2015 – Education Week
Most states will shift to new, computer-based assessments to measure their ELLs' English-language proficiency this school year.
September 23, 2015 – Education Week
With strong demand for bilingual skills, more school districts are offering new target languages, such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Vietnamese, in dual-immersion programs.
September 16, 2015 – Education Week
Even though Florida got unprecedented federal flexibility when it comes to English-learners and accountability, a handful of other states have yet to see their requests approved.
August 5, 2015 – Education Week
An all-English approach to English-language learning is a "setback for all of us," writes Stanford professor Claude Goldenberg.
July 14, 2015 – Education Week
Spellers from across the country will compete for the championship title later this month at the fifth annual National Spanish Spelling Bee in Albuquerque, N.M.
July 8, 2015 – Education Week
Though a federal appeals court has upheld the state's mandate of four-hour blocks of English-immersion daily for ELLs, federal civil rights officials are pushing Arizona to overhaul its approach to language instruction.
June 18, 2015 – Education Week
The nation's largest school district, which enrolls 160,000 ELLs, remains under a state-imposed corrective-action plan to improve services for English-learners.
June 10, 2015 – Education Week
The state is looking for the federal green light to use Title I funding it now spends on tutoring services to extend learning time.
June 3, 2015 – Education Week

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