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Hot Topics ELL/ESL Jilly Kroot, Hannah Hunt, Britt Lindahl, and John Noe 12/7/2011
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Supporting ELL Students in the Mathematics Classroom An English Language Learner (ELL) is defined as an active learner of the English language who may benefit from various types of language support programs (NCTE). ELL s not only need support in learning mathematics in the classroom but also learning the language of mathematics in English
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iClicker Question How many students in the U.S. speak a language other than English at home? a.) 5.9 million b.) 15.7 million c.) 21.4 million d.) 11.2 million *According to Na.onal Center for Educa.on Sta.s.cs h8p://nces.ed.gov/fas>acts/display.asp?id=96 11.2 million children ages 5-­૒17 spoke another language at home as of 2009*.
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Why is it Hot ? Between 1979 and 2009, the number of K-12 students who spoke a language other than English at home increased from 3.8 to 11.2 million In the same time, the number of students who had difficulty speaking English increased from 1.3 to 2.8 million (U.S. Department of Education 2006) In 2004 approximately 5 million children in grades K-12 were considered ELLs
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What are the relevant issues? No Child Left Behind created subgroups within school and districts. Each of these subgroups must reach high standards in mathematics and English language arts. ESL/ELL students are considered one of these subgroups. Since they are a subgroup, they must make continuous progress. Historically state tests show that ESL/ELL students perform 20 to 30 percentage points lower than other subgroups There has been little to no improvement over the years According to research done by CRESST, the language demands of state tests negatively influence accurate measurement of ESL/ELL performance.
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What are the relevant issues? According to research done by CRESST, the language demands of state tests negatively influence accurate measurement of ESL/ELL performance.
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