Saturday, November 20, 2010
According to the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, of the 49.9 millions students enrolled in the 2007-2008 school year, just under 11 percent were English language learners. In the state of California the number of
in 2008 outnumbered the combined total of the five other states whose ELLs populations rank highest in the nation: Texas (701,799), Florida (234,934), New York (213,000), Illinois (175,454) and Arizona (166,572). The NAEP [National Assessment of Educational Progress] reported in 2009 only 12 percent of 4th grade ELL ELLs were at or above proficient in math, compared to 42 percent of non-ELL students. The scores were even worse for 8th grade Ells with a mere 6 percent at or above proficient in math, compared to 38 percent of non-ELL students. In my own state, Texas, graduated from high school at significantly lower percentages than there counterparts, 39 percent v. 78 percent. ELLs
It should come as no surprise that the needs of our refugee students are not being met, especially when some schools are still sitting refugee students in a corner with a few crayons or markers for entertainment, rather than attempting to educate them. I personally find such notions incomprehensible! As incoming refugee populations are being spread out from major cities and resettled in less urban areas, perhaps we need to form some type of staff development program that will break down barriers and give teachers the tools they need to assist this particular
I would love to hear how others are meeting the needs of refugee students in their schools! What do you think or what are you doing in your local school?