NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the demand for English Learner (EL) instruction grows across the United States, the vast majority of K-12 educators (80 percent) believe EL instruction is a priority for their school or district, according to the results of the 2017 EL Education Report, a new survey conducted by learning science company McGraw-Hill Education. Educators also indicate that more professional development and different types of learning materials are needed to meet the needs of EL students.
80% of educators surveyed think EL instruction is a priority for their district, but educators would like more support Professional development is key in EL instruction, but only 55% of educators feel their school or district provides enough 87% of educators find adaptive learning resources effective for EL instruction, but only 44% of educators are using them Family involvement is extremely important for EL students, but only 50% of educators feel EL students have sufficient parental support in learning English
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According to the survey results, educators see EL enrollment increasing steadily in their schools or districts, with more rapid growth in the Northeast, Midwest and Southern regions compared to the West. Of the languages spoken by EL students in the classroom, educators report that Spanish continues to be the most common. Educators also report that they have EL students who speak Arabic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Russian among many others, indicating ongoing demand for EL instruction that accommodates a diverse group of students and languages spoken in the classroom. To download and read the full report, visit mheducation.com/ELreport.
“EL students make up one of the fastest-growing student populations in the United States, and educators and school leaders have to think differently about how to meet their needs,” said Heath Morrison, President of McGraw-Hill Education’s School Group. “With the diverse demographics of today’s student population, it is imperative that educators have access to ongoing professional development and training, as well as a robust array of resources to accommodate the diverse needs of EL students and to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond.”
More Room for Professional Development to Support EL Student Success
Professional development is widely recognized as being critical for supporting the success of EL