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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.

January 11, 2019

Do Schools Value the Bilingualism of English-Learners?

What started out as an effort to promote educational equity for English-language learners in California may be morphing into something else as more states pass legislation that honors high school graduates who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages with a special "seal of biliteracy."

January 10, 2019

Study: Language Barriers Can Steer Immigrant Students to STEM Courses

Using federal data, the researchers traced the academic trajectories of immigrant children who entered the United States before age 16. They found that foreign-born students earn 20 percent more credits in math-intensive courses than English-based courses while in high school.

January 09, 2019

Betsy DeVos Appoints Interim Leader for Hispanic Education Initiative

In her new role, Andrea Ramirez will be responsible for coordinating efforts to address the needs of the nation's nearly 13 million Hispanic students. She will continue to serve as executive director of the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education.

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