Research Alliance: English Language Learners Alliance
Principal investigator: Caroline Parker
Overview: As the number of English language learner students in the Northeast & Islands region continues to grow, school leaders require analyses of the programs and supports designed to meet the needs of these students. The English Language Learners Alliance (ELLA), whose goal is to use data to understand ELL populations and inform policies to benefit ELL students, identified an interest in examining the relationship between ELL program types and ELLs’ academic success.
Working closely with the alliance, REL Northeast & Islands researchers conducted a study that provides demographic and student achievement information about ELL students in a midsized urban district in the Northeast & Islands Region. Based on a previous study conducted with state-level data, the study focuses on district-level data and includes information on the program type in which an ELL student is placed (a variable unavailable in the earlier state-level study).
The study addresses three questions:
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