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Resource roundup: Issues facing English learner students

Resource roundup: Issues facing English learner students

By Laura Checovich
July 22, 2019

English learner (EL) students are the fastest-growing group in U.S. schools. Of the nation’s public school students, some 5 million—nearly 1 in 10—speak a language other than English at home. Although most EL students live in states such as California, Florida, and Texas, 5 to 10 percent of students in each state that REL Midwest serves are categorized as English learners.

We rounded up resources from across the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program to help educators, district staff, and policymakers support EL students.

REL research alliances

The REL Program supports EL students through two regional research alliances.

Resources for school leaders and teachers

EL students and academic achievement

Developing English proficiency

Supporting EL students with special circumstances


Did you know that the REL Program offers a free reference desk service? The following are some questions we’ve received related to EL students and the references we provided—and we encourage you to submit your own questions.

Find What Works

Visit the What Works Clearinghouse website to find out more about interventions for EL students and to download the Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School educator’s practice guide.

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Laura Checovich

Communications Associate | REL Midwest


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