This article spotlights the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC's work to support school districts in closing opportunity gaps and improving achievement for English learners. EDC’s Jill Weber and Julie Riordan discuss what they have learned and the REL's next steps. Weber notes: "Districts should evaluate how programs for ELs impact student outcomes. When districts implement a new intervention that is intended to support ELs, they don’t always have a way to measure whether it is having the desired effect. Digging into the impact of programs and services can have major implications for policy and practice." Riordan adds: "We’ve seen this work pay dividends. Districts that we have supported are using data to develop new programs and services for ELs and considering ways to evaluate these programs. Better information results in programs that more effectively address the diverse needs of EL students."
Thursday, January 19, 2017