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English learner students: A diverse group deserves differentiated services

Across the United States, there is concern about how to effectively educate the growing number of English learner (EL) students, particularly because they need to learn both English and academic content simultaneously. Three recent REL West studies found variations in EL students’ achievement based on students’ demographic and linguistic characteristics — reinforcing the notion that different groups of EL students would likely benefit from differentiated and targeted programs and services. REL West's English Learner Alliance has developed a brief synthesizing the study findings. Download the brief and visit the alliance page to view the full studies.