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July 09, 2019

Who's Earning the Seal of Biliteracy? In One State, It's Mostly English-Learners

In the class of 2018, 63 percent of California graduates who earned the "seal of biliteracy" spoke a language other than English when they began school, a new advocacy group report finds.

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.

May 08, 2019

Many Native American Students Don't Learn About Their Languages and Cultures in School

Students at Bureau of Indian Education schools were more likely to report being exposed to Native languages and culture when compared to their peers attending traditional public schools.

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 07, 2019

Differentiated Instruction for English-Learners: A Visual Guide

In a nearly three-minute video, a pair of veteran ELL teachers outline advice on how educators can identify students' individual strengths, needs, and interests and develop lesson plans that are accessible to all English-learners.

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."

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