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January 11, 2016

New Federal K-12 Law Fails to Address 'Value of Bilingualism,' ELL Scholars Say

Some ELL researchers say the new ESSA law fails to make bilingualism and biliteracy a priority for all students in the United States, including English learners.

December 30, 2015

The Most-Read Blog Posts of 2015 From Learning the Language

With the end of the year fast approaching, here's a roundup of the 10 most popular posts on the Learning the Language blog from 2015

December 16, 2015

Report Recommends Longer School Day for English-Language Learners

A study from the National Center on Time and Learning explores how extended school days boosted achievement at three high-poverty U.S. elementary schools.

December 02, 2015

ESEA Rewrite Could Serve as 'Huge Civil Rights' Bill for ELLs, Some Advocates Say

The legislation would do more to hold all schools, not just those with significant ELL enrollments, accountable for the education of non-native English speaking students.

November 06, 2015

CCSSO Offers Guidance on Reclassification of English-Language Learners

Determining when to exit students from language-learner status is a "high-stakes" decision, the authors of a new report say.

September 23, 2015

Report Questions Arizona's Approach to English-Learner Instruction

The study followed three cohorts of English-learner students in Arizona over six school years to assess their progress.

August 07, 2015

How Long Does It Take ELLs to Develop English Proficiency?

It's a question on the mind of many educators. Most researchers agree that proficiency is linked to academic success in other content areas.

November 12, 2014

Researchers Identify 'Goldilocks Effect' of Reclassification on High School ELLs

In an analysis of ELLs in Los Angeles Unified, researchers found that before California toughened scoring on its English-language proficiency test, some high school English-learners may have exited services before they had reached true proficiency in the language.

September 26, 2014

English-Language Learners: California Districts Beating the Odds

A new analysis of ELL performance in some California districts by the Education Trust-West reveals a small number of districts breaking patterns of low achievement for students still learning English.

May 13, 2014

English Fluency Standards Ought to Be Uniform in Calif. Districts, Analysts Say

Consistent and less stringent criteria for reclassifying English-learners could lead to better long-term outcomes for the 1.4 million ELLs in California, argues a new report.

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