(February 13, 2009) Recently, Education Week released it’s annual Quality Counts report, Portrait of a Population, with a focus on the status of English language learner education showing significant gaps in achievement between English language learners and non-ELL students. The gap is most striking at the middle school and high school level. Abelardo Villarreal, Ph.D., director of IDRA field services and a national expert on education of English language learners, describes what schools need to do to ensure that ELLs receive educational services that meet the quality and equity standards in order to graduate prepared for college and work. Lalo is interviewed by Bradley Scott, Ph.D., director of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity. Send comments to
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* In his January and February 2009 newsletter contributions, Lalo also outlines a theoretical framework of 10 principles of the fundamentals of evidence-based secondary educational plan for ELLs. Bradley and Lalo discuss three of those principles:
The role of school boards
The assessment of students in core content areas (math, science, social studies)
The importance of accepting and valuing ELL students -- and not looking at them as a "deficit."
* Bradley asks Lalo why teachers are still not being adequately trained in language-acquision issues.
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