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Education Department Building Partnerships to Explore ELL Supports

Guest Post by Sarah D. Sparks of Inside School Research.

As classrooms nationwide grapple with rising numbers of English-language learners, several research partnerships will focus on ways to improve achievement for these students. The U.S. Education Department has awarded them nearly $400,000 each over the next two years:

  • The Oregon English Learner Alliance and Oregon State University will try to build a clearer picture of how ELL students get reclassified as they become more adept in English.
  • In Fort Worth, district administrators and researchers from WestEd will look for interventions to keep the more than half of immigrant ELL students who drop out on track to graduation.
  • SRI International researcher Savitha Moorthy will work with the Clark County, Nev. school system to explore how English-learners adapt to the state's new middle school science standards, based on the next-generation science standards.

For more on the new partnerships, see my coverage at Inside School Research.

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