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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.

November 02, 2018

English-Learners and Social Media: Can Facebook Boost Literacy in Two Languages?

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota found that using Facebook as a platform for English-language learner writing and engagement helped students build confidence, reduced inhibitions about producing written English, and paved the way for more complex language use.

October 23, 2018

English-Learners and Ed Tech: A 'Tool Kit' From the Education Department

The U.S. Department of Education has released a five-step guide for educators on the hunt for tech tools to support their English-language-learner students and guidance to teachers already using technology in their classrooms.

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 12, 2018

The Five Most Common Native Languages of English-Learners

Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole are the most prevalent native languages spoken by English-learners in America's public schools, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education.

October 08, 2018

Most States Failing to Meet English-Learner Academic Targets, Report Finds

Over the past decade, English-learner enrollment in K-12 schools has increased by more than 100 percent in 11 states. While the number of ELL students is on the rise, the quality of education those students receive may not be keeping pace.

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.

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