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ELL Students Face Unique Challenges

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  • 1. Hi! I’m Mariaand I am an English Language Learner(ELL) !
  • 2. ELLs are the fastest growingsegment of the public school population!
  • 3. 2015 The year ELL enrollment willreach 10 million
  • 4. 2025 1 in 4 public schoolstudentswill be an ELL
  • 5. Most ELL students are born in the USA 76% of Elementary ELL students are native born 56% of Secondary School ELL students are native born
  • 6. 2 out of 3 ELL students come from low income families
  • 7. 3 out of 4 ELL students are Spanish speaking
  • 8. ELLstudents often have lower academic performance
  • 9. ELL students often have higher rates of dropout
  • 10. NCLB & English Language Learners
  • 11. Must meet same standards as all students
  • 12. Ongoing assessment challenges for ELLs
  • 13. Must meet English proficiency benchmarks on statewide testing (CRCT in Georgia for example)
  • 14. Classroom challenges
  • 15. Background often very different than teacher
  • 16. Lack of resources
  • 17. Lack of qualified teachers
  • 18. Tested in English before they know the language Especially in Math and reading!!
  • 19. Teacher/student communication issues
  • 20. Assessment challenges How do we measurestudentneeds? How do we measurelearning ?
  • 21. Limited professional development opportunities
  • 22. Achievement outcomes
  • 23. Only 29% ELL students scored at or above basic reading level * As opposed to non ELL students- 75% scoredat or abovebasic readinglevel
  • 24. Instructional/test accommodations differ across states (and districts) * example:some allow use of bilingualdictionary duringtesting – some do not
  • 25. Movement in place to extend the time an ELL student has to master the English language before being tested in English in the core content areas * Students currently given 1 year for mastery. Effort in place to extend to 3 years.
  • 26. Movement in place to ensure that ELL students receive all accommodations and services
  • 27. National effort to improve teacher training & professional development opportunities
  • 28. The report for this presentation is available at: http://xrl.us/ELLchallenges

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