The Role of Schools in the English Language Learner Achievement Gap

The Role of Schools in the English Language Learner Achievement Gap

Most English language learner (ELL) students attend large, struggling public schools and tend to score lower on standardized tests than non-ELL students. But when ELL students are not isolated in such schools, they perform considerably better, a recent report from the Pew Hispanic Center finds. The report, The Role of Schools in the English Language Learner Achievement Gap (34 pages, PDF), analyzes test data from the five states with the most ELL students and finds that the concentration of ELL students in low-achieving schools, which generally have high student-teacher ratios and high poverty rates, contributes to the overall gap in math scores between ELL students and others.