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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.

November 20, 2018

Report: Deportation Fear Grips Immigrant and Refugee Students in U.S. Schools

The new report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization makes the argument that the current immigration policies of the U.S. government create too many barriers for students who are immigrants or refugees.

January 17, 2018

Rising Number of ESL Students Poses Challenges for U.S. Schools

The number of English-as-a-second-language speakers in public schools is on the rise, but recent research shows that the quality of education for those students in many K-12 schools is falling short.

December 20, 2017

From Trump's Immigration Crackdown to Foreign Language Learning, Here Are Top ELL Posts in 2017

In 2017, Learning the Language blog readers were drawn to stories about foreign language education, the Trump administration's aggressive stance on immigration, and research that explored the benefits of bilingualism.

December 19, 2017

English-Learner Graduation Rates Rise Nationally, But Lag in Several States

In five states, Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, and Virginia, fewer than 50 percent of English-language learners graduate high school in four years. Some states produced much better results.

December 07, 2017

What's Behind Rising Graduation Rates for English-Learners and Native-American Students?

Educators and researchers are questioning whether the increase in high school completion rates means the needs of those students are being better served in the nation's K-12 schools.

November 02, 2017

Helping Newcomer English-Language Learners Earn High School Diplomas

A new report from the Migration Policy Institute report examines the key challenges middle and high school educators face in meeting the needs of these students and outlines strategies to help them meet their goals.

July 28, 2017

Another Round of Summer Reading for English-Language-Learner Educators

For time-crunched educators looking for tips and insights on their work with English-language learners, we've curated our second summer reading list.

May 11, 2017

What Can Educators Do to Increase Graduation Rates for English-Learners?

Numerous factors can squash the prospects of high school graduation for English-learners, including a lack of strong relationships with school staff and obligations to work or serve as family caregivers that may conflict with spending time at school, a new report says.

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