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May 23, 2019

Itinerant English-Learners Pose Challenges for School Systems

A new study that sought to examine learning conditions across the country for long-term English-learners found that 1 in 5 of the students are highly mobile, and may not have access to consistent language support as a result.

April 29, 2019

English-Learners and Graduation: How ESSA Could Penalize ELLs and Their Schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act could lead administrators in traditional high schools to turn away older English-learner students who may need additional time to earn their high school diplomas, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute argues.

April 24, 2019

100,000 Undocumented Students Graduate From U.S. High Schools Each Year, Analysis Finds

The new analysis significantly increases the annual estimate of undocumented high school students earning diplomas that has long been used in debates about immigration and special protections for immigrant youth who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children.

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 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."

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.

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.

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