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  • Equal Access to Content Instruction for English Learners: An Example from Science

    1/1/12 - Brown, Z.A. & DiRanna, K.

    Equal access to content instruction is the foundation of educational equity—it reduces opportunity gaps that lead to achievement gaps. Achievement gaps lead to gaps in college and career access, which lead to income gaps. Income gaps lead to language gaps, thus perpetuating one of the most critical gaps we face in education. This paper is about the importance of equal meaningful access to content instruction for English learners and how academic-language instruction through content...

  • Evaluation of Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Professional Development

    1/1/12 - Bos, J.M., Sanchez, R.C., Tseng, F., Rayyes, N., Ortiz, L., and Sinicrope, C.

    English language proficiency is critical to academic achievement in the United States. For several decades, educators and policymakers have explored strategies to ensure that English language learner students have access to rigorous academic content as much as non–English language learner students. Educating English language learner students is a challenge that has become a civil rights issue and a topic of federal legislation. In 1968, Congress passed the Bilingual Education Act...

  • Practical Guidelines for the Enducation of English Language Learners: Research-based recommendations for the use of accommodations in large-scale assessments

    1/1/06 - Francis, D.J., Rivera, M., Lesaux, N., Kieffer, M., & Rivera, H. , U.S. Department of Education

    The fundamental principles underlying the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001focus on high standards of learning and instruction with the goal of increasing academic achievement—reading and math in particular—within all identified subgroups in the K-12 population. One of these subgroups is the growing population of English Language Learners (ELLs). NCLB has increased awareness of the academic needs and achievement of ELLs as schools, districts, and states are held accountable for...

  • What are we doing to Middle School English Learners? Findings and recommendations for change from a study of California EL Programs: Researh Report

    1/1/10 - Walqui, A., Koelsch, N., Hamburger, L., Gaarder, D., Insaurrald, A., Schmida, M., Weiss, S., and Estrada, P.

    This two-phase research project, conducted by WestEd and funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, aims irst to map the current landscape of programs and interventions for English Learners in districts in California with the highest percentage of ELs in their schools, and then to contextualize through case studies what happens at the middle school and classroom levels. The irst phase of the study presents a broad picture of the education of English Learners in...

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