As a means to understand how district and campus-level staff “acquire and use instructional materials for English language learners (ELLs),”the Council of the Great City Schools conducted a survey of educators in urban school districts nationwide during the 2012-13 school year. Of the 248 survey respondents, 59% were ELL teachers, specialists, and/or coordinators. Below are some key findings from the survey:

  • 82% of respondents said their current ELL materials did not reflect the rigor required by standards.
  • 48% used general education materials with ELLs; 42% used supplemental ELL materials in conjunction with core curriculum materials.
  • 34% of respondents said that they know good materials for ELLs exist, but finding them is difficult and time consuming.

Learning List’s reviews can help educators identify products that support ELLs. Our alignment reports provide detailed information about each product’s alignment to standards. These reports analyze whether and specifically where the material addresses the content, context and the rigor required by the applicable standards, including the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, California, Florida, and Common Core State Standards. [Read more…]