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?

Citation:

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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