Department of Education Releases Report on Academic Progress of English Learners


The U.S. Department of Education recently released a report on 2006-2008 English Learner population who receive Title III services.  The number of K-12 students receiving Title III services has increased from 2005 to 2008.  In the 2006-07 school year 17 states report meeting the 3 targets (progress in learning English, attainment of fluency, and demonstration of proficiency on state content tests in reading and math) but in 2007-08, only 11 states report meeting those goals.  This report provokes many questions: Why so few states?  How good are standardized tests at measuring progress?  What about differences between Title III funded program types: sheltered instruction vs. bilingual programs etc?  What do we need to do to support students in learning language?


Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Biennial Report to Con- gress on the Implementation of the Title III State Formula Grant Program, School Years 2006–07 and 2007–08. Washington, D.C., 2012.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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