English Language Learners (ELL)

By 2025, one in four public school students will be an English language learner. Educators across the country are rising to the challenge of improving language development in their diverse, complex, and rapidly growing student populations.

Fortunately, next-generation programs allows states, districts, and schools to develop comprehensive ELL/ESL systems that include instruction, assessment, and professional development for teachers.

Closing the achievement gap

Despite our best efforts, 25 percent of English language learners drop out of school. And those who graduate often lag behind their peers on academic achievement tests.

Focused ELL interventions can accelerate language acquisition and give students the academic vocabulary they need to meet grade-level expectations.

ELL Research & Resources

New Technologies to Assess English Learners

This paper describes the research behind Pearson’s Test of English Language Learning (TELL), a new tablet-based formative assessment tool to support English language proficiency development.

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Mapping a Path to Success for ELLs

Discover how TELL — a tablet-based assessment system — allows school districts to measure students’ English language proficiency at key points during the school year in a flexible, reliable, and consistent way.

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¡Cololrín Colorado!: A Bilingual Site for Families and Educators of ELLs

Colorín Colorado has been providing free research-based information, activities, and advice to schools and communities around the country for more than a decade.

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TESOL International Association

Read association publications and attend TESOL events striving to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning.

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Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas

Understanding Language (Stanford University) aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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