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ERIC Number: ED500473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Similar English Learner Students, Different Results: Why Do Some Schools Do Better? A Summary of a Research Study
This report summarizes a research analysis examining which instructional practices had a positive relationship with the achievement of low-income, English learner students as measured by the English Learner Academic Performance Index (EL-API) and other achievement tests. Based on a research study that surveyed teachers and principals in 237 California elementary schools, four broad, interrelated school practices proved significant when looking through the lens of California's EL-API: (1) Use of assessments and data to inform efforts to improve student achievement; (2) Sufficient resources, in particular adequate and appropriate textbooks for every student, well-maintained facilities, and the principal's perception that the school's teaching staff has strong teaching skills, academic content knowledge, enthusiasm about teaching, and the ability to raise student achievement; (3) Coherent curriculum and instruction that is aligned with state standards; and (4) Prioritizing of student achievement by both principals and teachers. The study also analyzed a subset of questions about specific EL instructional practices and teacher qualifications. Although not a comprehensive look, the results raise questions about what matters most when it comes to improving the achievement of English learners. Some of the findings support frequently cited recommendations for EL instruction; others do not. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.) [This report summarizes findings from a study conducted by EdSource, Stanford University, and the American Institutes for Research (AIR), with consultation from WestEd.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: S. H. Cowell Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA
Identifiers - Location: California