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ERIC Number: ED505913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Education of English Language Learners in U.S. and Texas Schools: Where We Are, What We Have Learned and Where We Need to Go from Here. A 2009 Update
Cortez, Albert; Villarreal, Abelardo
Intercultural Development Research Association
Because English language learners (ELL) are among the fastest growing student populations in the country, improving the quality of programs serving them is essential to the state of Texas as well as to the country as a whole. Despite decades of experience in attempting to address the language proficiency and academic needs of English language learners, research indicates that significant improvement is needed at the federal, state and local levels, including: (1) More enlightened policies that ensure these students are appropriately identified, assessed and placed; (2) More effective instructional programs that are truly responsive to the unique needs of ELL students; (3) Better professional development that ensures that teachers and others providing instruction and related support services acquire the skills and competencies required for successful instructional delivery; (4) More effective program monitoring and evaluation services that identify effective efforts, inform improvements of those programs meeting with mixed results, and eliminate strategies deemed ineffective; and (5) Increased and more equitable targeted funding that is based on cost of services needed. This policy update summarizes key state and national ELL-related issues and offers policy recommendations for addressing initiatives needed at each level. While recognizing that the conditions for English language learners and the state and local settings can vary extensively, the authors advocate that others can learn from the Texas ELL experience. A list of resources is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association
Identifiers - Location: Texas