Teaching English as a Second Language

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    Research Brief

    Dual-Language Immersion Programs Raise Student Achievement in English

    Portland Public Schools students randomly assigned to dual-language immersion programs outperformed their peers on state reading tests by 13 percent in grade 5 and by 22 percent in grade 8. Students gained proficiency in a second language with no drop in their performance in math or science.

    Nov 3, 2017

  • A high school teacher in a classroom pointing something out in a book

    Report

    How Are Teachers Perceiving and Addressing State Standards?

    A high percentage of mathematics teachers report using instructional materials with some demonstrated evidence of alignment to Common Core State Standards. However, there is less evidence that state standards are playing a role in the materials English language arts teachers use.

    Apr 4, 2017

  • Research Brief

    Implementing Two-Way Dual-Language Immersion Programs: Classroom Insights from an Urban District

    Teachers in two-way dual-language immersion classrooms consistently implemented key instructional practices targeted by the school district. Teachers strongly adhered to guidelines on language use. Students were less consistent in their language use.

    Oct 17, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Teaching Practices and Language Use in Two-Way Dual Language Immersion Programs in a Large Public School District

    This article provides a descriptive view of what is happening in two-way dual language immersion classrooms in a large, urban U.S. school district.

    Jul 28, 2016

  • News Release

    American Teacher Panel Survey Looks at Teachers' Knowledge and Perceptions of State Standards

    A high percentage of mathematics teachers report using instructional materials with some demonstrated evidence of alignment to Common Core State Standards. However, there is less evidence that state standards are playing a role in the materials English language arts teachers use.

    Apr 18, 2016

  • A teacher solicits questions from a class of young students.

    Journal Article

    The Effect of Attending Full-Day Kindergarten on English Learner Students

    A significant and growing English learner (EL) population attends public schools in the United States.

    Jul 22, 2015

  • Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, June 18, 2014

    Commentary

    With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

    Between 70,000 and 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end. Lost in an intensifying debate over U.S. immigration policy is the possibility that this wave will spill from shelters to schools. To best respond to this reality, policymakers and educators should consider what research says about educating migrant children.

    Jul 14, 2014

  • Report

    Optimizing the Defense Language Institute English Language Center

    Presents an assessment of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC), which trains foreign nationals in English prior to their attending U.S. military education and training courses.

    Aug 30, 2012

  • Periodical

    Passing or Failing?

    Part 1 of 3: In the Fall 2007 cover story, a team of RAND researchers who have analyzed the effects of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 at nearly every level of the education system issue a set of mixed grades, early warnings, and general guidelines that can help the law fulfill its promise.

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    Passing or Failing?

    Part 2 of 3: In the Fall 2007 cover story, a team of RAND researchers who have analyzed the effects of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 at nearly every level of the education system issue a set of mixed grades, early warnings, and general guidelines that can help the law fulfill its promise.

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    Passing or Failing?

    Part 3 of 3: In the Fall 2007 cover story, a team of RAND researchers who have analyzed the effects of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 at nearly every level of the education system issue a set of mixed grades, early warnings, and general guidelines that can help the law fulfill its promise.

  • Periodical

    Immigration and a Changing California Economy | RAND

    "Immigration has always been a mix of benefits and costs. For California, more than for any other state, the balance is shifting to the cost side." That is the central conclusion of a recent RAND analysis of economic and immigration developments in California over the past third of a century. The findings, coupled ...