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June 01, 2017

How Much Foreign Language Is Being Taught in U.S. Schools?

A lack of comprehensive enrollment data on foreign language education in the United States "seriously complicates the analysis of local or national trends, particularly at a time of significant demographic shifts in the U.S. population," concludes a new report sponsored by an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense.

March 02, 2017

Americans Are Falling Behind in Foreign-Language Learning

The first nationwide study of foreign-language learning in nearly three decades concludes that a critical shortage of educators could imperil efforts to boost language learning.

January 20, 2017

Spanish-Speaking Students Face Hurdles With Advanced Coursework

The findings from a Regional Education Laboratory Northwest study "reinforce the understanding that language minority students are not a homogenous group."

January 19, 2017

With More Exposure to Science, English-Learners' Achievement Soared

A new study from Education Trust West digs into how six districts, all with sizable English-learner populations, emphasized scientific inquiry and team experiments to support science learning as well as English-language development.

November 02, 2016

Study: Current, Former ELLs Take Fewer Advanced, College-Prep Classes

Barriers that prevent English-language learner students from taking more college-preparatory course work abound.

September 28, 2016

Nearly Half of U.S. States Offer Special Recognition for Bilingual Graduates

Tens of thousands of students are earning the honors each year. More than 40,000 students in California, the birthplace of the biliteracy seal, earned the special recognition last school year.

November 09, 2015

ELL Programs Often Focus on Basic Skills, Not Higher-Order Thinking, Study Finds

A focus on students' deficits can lead to unequal access to meaningful content, two new reports argue.

August 26, 2015

Chicago to Conduct Citywide Audit of Services for English-Language Learners

Over the next six months, staff will interview school employees and review records and instructional materials to ensure compliance with federally mandated services for English-learners.

August 10, 2015

Houston Groups Pledge Millions to Boost Bilingual, STEM Education

The funds are designed to develop and recruit teachers and support bilingual and STEM education through the arts.

January 06, 2015

Arizona District Fights to Keep Ethnic Studies Classes

Former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal deemed several courses illegal during his final hours in office, leaving one of the state's largest school districts facing a possible funding loss of $14 million annually.

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