FOCUS AREA: SUPPORTING ENGLISH LEARNERS
More than 1 in every 10 students in Philadelphia public schools speaks a home language other than English and receives services to build their English proficiency. PERC has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia and the city's charter schools to understand the students' trajectories toward English proficiency and effective strategies for supporting these learners.
This study provides evidence on the progress toward English proficiency of students who were classified as English learners in kindergarten. We examine students’ English proficiency upon entering school and the percentage who achieved proficiency within four years.
Publication date: June 2017
Authors: Joshua Lin, Ruth Curran Neild
This brief focuses on how family and community engagement can enhance schools’ efforts to improve outcomes for ELLs and highlights specific strategies schools can use to more effectively engage families and communities.
Publication date: June 2016
Authors: Rosemary Hughes, Rebecca Reumann-Moore, Jeannette Rowland, Joshua Lin