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May 23, 2019

Itinerant English-Learners Pose Challenges for School Systems

A new study that sought to examine learning conditions across the country for long-term English-learners found that 1 in 5 of the students are highly mobile, and may not have access to consistent language support as a result.

May 21, 2019

U.S. Economy Needs More Foreign Language Studies to Stay Competitive, Report Says

A new report from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages determines that U.S. employees are missing out on business opportunities because they struggle to find employees who can communicate in languages other than English.

May 13, 2019

As More States Adopt Bilingualism Seal, Equity Concerns Arise

While demographic information on students earning the seal of biliteracy is not tracked in many states, new research suggests that English-learners and students from low-income families may be on the wrong side of an equity gap.

April 11, 2019

School Districts Get Creative to Fill English-Learner Teaching Vacancies, Survey Finds

A new survey from the Council of the Great City Schools reveals trends on English-learner enrollment, linguistic diversity, student achievement, professional development, and staffing in the nation's largest school districts.

March 19, 2019

Bilingual Teachers Are in Short Supply. How Can Schools Cultivate Their Own?

A Washington-based think tank has released a guide to help school districts and states identify, develop, and hire bilingual educators in their own communities.

March 12, 2019

Should 'English-Only' States Test ELLs in Their Native Languages?

New legislation introduced in Florida, which educates more than 300,000 English-learners in public schools, would allow ELLs to take state tests in their native languages. The bill would allow school districts to bypass the state's Every Student Succeeds Act plan, but could face several hurdles to approval.

February 21, 2019

Leading Scholars Criticize Study on 3rd Grade Retention of English-Learners

A group of prominent researchers on English-learners is forcefully challenging the findings of a recent working paper that posits that 3rd grade retention was a benefit to struggling English-learners in Florida.

February 06, 2019

English-Learners and Reclassification: Principals Play Pivotal Role, Study Finds

Principals have the power to ensure English-language learners get an equitable education, but many don't realize how much influence they wield, a new study on school leadership concludes.

February 01, 2019

Study: Repeating 3rd Grade Could Help Struggling English-Learners

New research shows that requiring struggling English-learners to repeat 3rd grade could boost their academic trajectories, helping them learn English faster and take more advanced classes once they reach middle and high school.

January 28, 2019

Ed Dept. Toolkit Offers Guidance for English-Learner, Immigrant Parents

The first two chapters of the department's new "English Learner Family Toolkit" delivers tips on how to enroll children in school and a offers a look at how schools in the United States differ from those in other countries.

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