Research

English Learner Education Research

Below are samples of IDRA research in the education of English learner students. For additional resources, see English Language Learner Education.


Low Funding for Educating ELLs Affects Students Across Texas – Symposium Proceedings

In June 2015, IDRA released the proceedings report of the IDRA José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellows Program symposium focusing on education of English language learners. The report shares key insights from the robust discussion among the participants in IDRA’s ELL symposium along with the research study conducted by Dr. Jimenez-Castellanos. The report also provides a set of recommendations useful for policymakers, educators, community and business leaders and parents. Print the proceedings report (PDF). See the proceedings report through the dynamic digital reader below.

Education of English Language Learners in U.S. and Texas Schools – Where We Are, What We Have Learned and Where We Need to Go from Here – A 2009 Update

This policy update gives an overview of increasing numbers of ELL students, distribution of ELL students, increasing diversity and varying languages, instructional programs provided, and funding provided to ELL programs along with recommendations. Read Education of English Language Learners in U.S. and Texas Schools – Where We Are, What We Have Learned and Where We Need to Go from Here – A 2009 Update (pdf) or order your copy for $7.


Good Schools and Classrooms for Children Learning English: A Guide

IDRA rigorously and methodically studied exemplary bilingual education programs in schools across the nation as determined by English learner students’ academic achievement. As a result, we identified the 25 common characteristics that contribute to high academic performance of students served by bilingual education programs.


Framework for Effective Instruction of Secondary English Language Learners 

This IDRA research-based framework provides guidance for design, implementation and evaluation of an effective English learner program.

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