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ERIC Number: ED510921
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
Urgent but Overlooked: The Literacy Crisis among Adolescent English Language Learners. Issue Brief
Alliance for Excellent Education
In 2004-2005, America's public schools enrolled more than 5 million English language learners (ELLs), students whose proficiency in spoken and/or written English is not yet strong enough to permit them to succeed in an English-language classroom setting without extra support. However, while ELLs may be growing in numbers, in other respects they are being left behind. As a group, ELLs are among the country's lowest-performing students, scoring far below the national average on the reading portion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (known as NAEP, or the "Nation's Report Card"). In some ways, the literacy needs of adolescent English language learners are identical to those of their English-proficient peers. In other ways, however, literacy challenges faced by adolescent English language learners are distinct from those of adolescents in general. While researchers have only begun to focus on effective literacy instruction for adolescent ELLs, enough is known already about those students' demographic trends, educational challenges, and school performance to suggest a number of specific areas that need attention from local, state, and federal policymakers. It is time to make adolescent ELL literacy development a national priority.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress