ELL Students Face Unique Challenges

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ELL Students Face Unique Challenges

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

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