English Language Learners

Across all areas of New York State, schools are serving an increasing number of students who are English language learners (ELLs). Despite the challenges, odds-beating schools (those whose ELLs perform better than predicted) have adopted practices that are effective for this population.

Case studies of NYKids 2016 Study of Promising Practices for Supporting English Language Learner Achievement can be found under "Research Results - Elementary."

Case studies of particular interest from previous NYKids studies might include:

  • Port Chester, J. F. Kennedy Elementary (55% ELL in 2009-10) turned around performance to support their diverse student population to succeed.
  • In New Rochelle, Columbus Elementary (31% ELL in 2009-10) regular and ESL/ENL teachers collaborate to serve the needs and ensure the success of all students, including English learners.
  • Roosevelt UFSD, Centennial Avenue Elementary (30% ELL in 2009-10) has a districtwide approach to ensuring that all students, regardless of special needs, have access to and support for learning the curriculum. 
  • In Utica, which has a large refugee center in the city, Dr. M. L. King Elementary (11% ELL in 2009-10) sets high expectations to serve students with multiple needs.

Other specifics about best practice for ELLs can be found in: