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Note from the editor

Dear readers,

English learners are among the student groups most disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last 16 months, school closures highlighted pre-existing challenges that include limited access to a variety of resources.

Non-English-speaking students are more likely to live in homes that lack access to devices or reliable internet, making remote learning difficult, and the impacts of food insecurity, unstable home environments, working parents and language barriers were also exacerbated by the extended nature of closures. 

Still, educators nationwide have strived to innovate and transcend these hurdles, seeing some progress along the way. To help you get up to speed, K-12 Dive will keep this page up to date with new English learner trends and developments throughout the year. Here are some recent highlights from our coverage.

 

Best,

Roger Riddell Editor

Ed Dept report documents pandemic's toll on underserved students

• Published June 9, 2021

Analysis: Detailed, frequent chronic absenteeism data can inform interventions

• Published June 9, 2021

Review of 41 California districts finds lack of adequate EL learning continuity plans

• Published March 19, 2021

EL assessment challenges remain despite testing flexibilities

In-person, socially distanced proficiency testing of English learners has been logistically complex, particularly for schools in all-remote or hybrid formats.

• Published Feb. 22, 2021

Rubric for Recovery: ELs face more hurdles amid lost in-person learning

Schools are employing extra English development courses, individualized support delivered to students' sidewalks and more to maintain progress.

• Published Nov. 2, 2020

Improving academic outcomes for english learning students

English learners are among the student groups most disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While school closures highlighted pre-existing challenges for these groups, educators nationwide have strived to innovate and transcend these hurdles, seeing some progress along the way.

included in this trendline
  • Review of 41 California districts finds lack of adequate EL learning continuity plans
  • Ed Dept report documents pandemic's toll on underserved students
  • Analysis: Detailed, frequent chronic absenteeism data can inform interventions
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.