Our partnership with Road Map’s ELL workgroup is focused on helping districts identify indicators of ELL students' academic success and language development and using evidence to better support student success. Past and current activities include:
- Creating guides that help district staff register students with non-English names to better track them throughout the system. The guides also offer information on culturally appropriate ways to interact with these students’ families.
- Researching gaps in access and participation in advanced courses for ELL students in Washington, as well as measuring their performance in such courses.
- Exploring best practices for supporting newcomer ELL students; and evaluating and upgrading existing services to improve support.
- Examining how graduation and dropout rates for ELL students compare to non-ELLs, and how rates differ among subgroups of ELL students.
- Developing and helping districts use interactive, online modules to guide implementation of early warning systems that identify at-risk students and provide support to keep them on track.
The study REL Northwest conducted on behalf of the Road Map ELL work group, Time to reclassification: How long does it take English learner students in Washington Road Map districts to develop English proficiency?, was published in August 2015 by the Institute of Education Sciences. A companion study published in March 2016 examines how predicted times for reclassification differ by student characteristics.