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STARlight Newsletter

This newsletter includes research and resources for English-learner achievement as well as a framework for promoting sustained reading development among English learners. For more information on English-learner research and for online articles on the topic, visit the STARlight Consortium for EL Achievement.

Improving Education for English Learners:  Research-Based Approaches

Improving educational outcomes for English learners remains one of the greatest challenges in the public school system. Nationally recognized scholars have synthesized the best available research for improving educational outcomes for English learners. This publication offers a comprehensive, user-friendly, review, and analysis of recent research to inform and improve instructional practices in order to help English learners, who currently constitute one in four of California's K-12 public school students.

Research Documents

Successful Bilingual Schools Report

The purpose of this study was to identify schools with successful bilingual education programs, and to document their success. This report illustrates that bilingual schools are capable of providing  opportunities for students to achieve and sustain high levels of academic excellence even when faced with challenges such as poverty and low levels of students’ English proficiency upon entering school.

PROMISE Initiative

The PROMISE Initiative, (Pursuing Regional Opportunities for Mentoring, Innovation, and Success for English Learners) was created to ensure that English Learners achieve and sustain high levels of proficiency, including literacy, in English and their primary language. The initiative is a collaboration of the county offices of education of San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. 

Similar English Learner Students, Different Results:  Visit this site to download the executive summary and full report for this much-talked-about study by EdSource, Stanford University, and American Institutes of Research— released in May, 2007. However, please be aware that the study is considered by some to be somewhat flawed in some of its conclusions, in particular: parent involvement, ELD pull-out, teacher credentialing, etc. Please be aware that the metrics for this study were teacher and principal surveys and API results.