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When schools build an understanding of the unique challenges facing different language-minority student groups, they are better equipped to serve them. How can schools get started?
Spanish-speaking students—the largest group of language minority students in Washington state—take fewer advanced courses and earn lower grades in those courses than other language minority students and English-only speakers, regardless of whether they are classified as English learners.
English learner students who were enrolled in Washington state public high schools between 2009-2010 and 2012-2013 took fewer advanced courses per school year than never-English learner students, according to a new study by REL Northwest—but students who were similarly academically prepared took...
Researchers Jason Greenberg Motamedi and Malkeet Singh write about how they used a methodology developed by medical researchers to create a useful tool for determining how long it will take students to pass a language proficiency test and exit English learner services.
As graduation draws near, Education Northwest would like to honor a group of exemplary students and future leaders from Pasco High School in Washington who met with us last year during a site visit. A minority-majority school, Pasco High promotes bilingual and biliterate education. Their culture is
      From Familiar to Unfamiliar: Pre-reading Scaffolds That Connect Students From What They Know to What They Don't Know Yet May 9, 2016 Presenter: Tim Blackburn Pre-reading tasks provide scaffolded supports for English learner students to negotiate the content, analytical practices, and
So much of the discussion on English language learners in U.S. schools focuses on what they don’t have (for example, academic English) or what they haven’t been able to do (such as graduate in rates comparable to proficient English speakers). These are real problems that deserve our attention. But,
English learners entering high school have to learn both English and grade-level content to begin accumulating credits to graduate. Unfortunately, in many cases, English language development courses do not provide the necessary credits. So how are students supposed to graduate if their required
      Education Northwest’s work across several research areas including support for English language learners, college and career readiness, and school improvement will be highlighted at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 8–12 in Washington, DC.
Is there a recipe for a “super teacher” when it comes to helping English language learner (ELL) students develop academic English skills? That question is important throughout the nation, as the proportion of ELL students has climbed by almost 64 percent from 1994–95 to 2009–10. During the same 15
      Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) present the WERA/OSPI Annual Conference on December 9–11, 2015 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center. Education Northwest presenters are involved in the
According to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, one in three students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington is now...
This study addresses the impact of the Road Map World Language Credit Program on students’ attitudes toward bilingualism and school.
As schools and districts work to improve the academic success for a growing number of English language learner and bilingual students, a new study provides insights into students’ perceptions of a program that grants high school credit to students with dual-language proficiency. Researchers from
      Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) present the 29th Annual Washington State Assessment Conference on December 10–12, 2014 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel and Conference Center. The annual conference is also
In honor of Washington state’s new Seal of Biliteracy law, a group of educators, lawmakers, and other stakeholders who are dedicated to the academic success of English learners gathered at the Kent School District office on June 9. The law recognizes high school graduates who are proficient in
Data compiled by Education Northwest researchers show a significant shift in student demographics in our region in recent years. Most notably, the number of Hispanic students has nearly quadrupled in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington, increasing from 106,000 in 1992–93 to 395,000 in...
Northwest schools are serving an increasingly diverse population. Some districts, such as those found in the South Seattle area, may have as many as 90 different languages spoken among students. Consequently, school staff faces the challenge of accurately entering data for students whose names may