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Molly Faulkner-Bond
(202) 245-6890


The English Learners topic supports research to improve the educational outcomes for English Learners (ELs) from kindergarten through high school. The Institute uses the term English Learner under a broad definition encompassing all students whose home language is not English and whose English language proficiency hinders their ability to meet expectations for students at their grade level.

Through this topic, the Institute is interested in reducing the academic achievement gap for the growing number of EL students across the primary and secondary grades.

The long-term outcome of this research will be an array of tools and strategies (e.g., assessments, instructional approaches, programs, and policies) that have been documented to be effective for improving academic outcomes for EL students.

To review related projects, click here.

Click here for information on grants that study ELs in other NCER research programs.

Two R & D centers also study ELs:

Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE) click here for more information on CREATE.

National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) click here for more information on NCRECE.