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June 17, 2020

How Will Schools Measure English-Learners' 'COVID-Slide' Learning Loss?

Native-language assessments may more fully reflect what English-language learners know and can do academically after months away from school. But not all states offer them.

May 28, 2020

How to Assess English-Learners' Needs From a Distance? Here's Some Help

With schools unable to conduct in-person evaluations, schools must find new ways to determine if students need English-language-learner support services.

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.

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.

October 18, 2018

English-Learners Often Denied Full Access to STEM Education, Report Finds

"It is imperative that ELs have the same quality of STEM-related learning opportunities as their never EL peers," a new study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concludes. The study, led by a blue-ribbon panel, offers a series of recommendations designed to help schools reach that goal.

October 04, 2018

Four Steps Schools Should Take to Identify Gifted English-Learners

Researchers from the National Center for Research on Gifted Education visited elementary and middle schools in three states to study schools that had "exemplary" track records in spotting academically talented ELLs. Nationally, only 2 percent of English-learners are enrolled in gifted and talented programs.

September 27, 2018

DeVos' Approval of Florida's ESSA Plan Is Bad for English-Learners, Advocates Say

The state's plan for educating English-language learners under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act falls short of equity for the state's 300,000 ELLs, advocates argue. The education secretary and federal education officials see things differently.

August 14, 2018

Activists to DeVos: Hold Firm and Reject Florida's ESSA Plan

Florida is the only state without an Every Student Succeeds Act plan approved by the federal education secretary. Two civil rights groups say things should stay that way, for now.

May 30, 2018

English-Learners and ESSA: Many States Are Lowering Academic Goals, Advocates Charge

More than half of states' ESSA plans intentionally set lower academic goals for English-learners, at least seven states have plans that flout key provisions of the federal education law, and nearly 20 percent of state plans allow schools to earn high ratings even if ELLs are struggling, according to new policy briefs.

November 22, 2017

Dual-Language Programs Boost Student Achievement in English, Study Finds

The dual-language classes paved the way to English-proficiency for non-native speakers. The findings are consistent with other research that touts the benefits of two-way language instruction.

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