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.

Click left banner "Research Results- Elementary" for NYKids 2016 study of promising practices for supporting ELLs - including case studies - OR for the full report click here.

While case studies from previous NYKids studies might be of interest below - please check out our most recent ELL study results (2016) and its full report first, by clicking here!

  • 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: