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July 21, 2015

When Should ELL Test Results Matter Under the ESEA?

It's an issue to watch as Congress rewrites the Elementary and Secondary Education Act--and as states are approved for waiver renewals under the current law.

July 08, 2015

Schools Could See Fewer Unaccompanied Minors This Fall

The projected decline follows a surge in 2014 during which tens of thousands of children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador sought to enter the United States along the country's southern border.

June 10, 2015

Majority of Hispanics Want Young People to Speak Spanish, Survey Shows

Authors of the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends report say the findings indicate that bilingualism and preserving heritage languages are important in the United States' Hispanic community.

June 08, 2015

NEA Video Series Showcases Teaching Strategies for ELLs

One video shares the story of 4th grade student Gian Carlos, an ELL newcomer from Colombia, who's fluent in Spanish, but has little experience in English.

June 05, 2015

Houston's Two-Way Dual-Language Programs Best for ELLs, Study Finds

In a study of the Houston Independent School District, English-language learners in two-way dual-language programs had higher Spanish reading scores and consistently higher English performance in grade 5 than their ELL peers who were not in dual language.

May 28, 2015

Miami-Dade Postpones Proposed Changes to Foreign Language Instruction

Amid growing criticism of his "extended foreign language" program, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will convene a task force to develop proposals that could roll out during the 2016-17 school year.

May 27, 2015

Educators Share Stories of Struggles With New English-Learner Standards

The focus has shifted from "the whats of language," namely vocabulary and grammar, to "doing" with language by engaging with academic content, said Kenji Hakuta, a Stanford University professor.

May 20, 2015

New Glossary Aims to Offer Clarity on Language-Learner Terms

The New America Foundations hopes the glossary will pin down what educators mean when they talk about dual-language learners, English-language learners, long-term English learners, and other groups of students.

May 12, 2015

D.C. Schools to Offer Seal of Biliteracy

To earn the seal, D.C. students must demonstrate "cultural and communicative competency" in English and another language.

April 20, 2015

English-Learner Advocate Appointed to California Board of Education

In January, leaders in 20 nonprofit organizations wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown, asking him to consider the importance of appointing a champion for ELLs, who constitute a quarter of the state's K-12 student population.

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