English Learners Projects

Analytic Technical Support

Early Warning and Risk Prevention for English Learner Students (completed)

REL Southwest provided technical assistance on the use of early warning systems to help identify English learner (EL) students at risk of falling behind academically or of dropping out. The project assisted alliance members in using data to identify risk indicators related to the performance of EL students in Texas. Members also received assistance on using those indicators to target EL students at risk.

Trends in the Identification and Provision of Services to Gifted and Talented English Learner Students in Texas (completed)

REL Southwest analyzed trends in the identification and provision of services to gifted and talented English learner (EL) students in Texas public elementary schools across six school years (2006/07–2014/15). The technical assistance project identified the rate, pattern, and timing of districts' identification of gifted/talented EL students compared to non-EL students as well as promising program models and interventions for identifying and serving gifted/talented EL students in Texas. The findings are informing ongoing state efforts to increase the representation of special populations in gifted and talented programs across the state.

Research and Evaluation Studies

Time to Proficiency for Hispanic English Learner Students in Texas (completed)

REL Southwest conducted a longitudinal study of Texas Hispanic English learner (EL) students in grade 1 to provide a deeper understanding of the contextual and student-level factors that influence the time it takes these students to reach English language proficiency and content-area mastery. The study examined English language proficiency and content-area outcomes across grades 1–8 for a cohort of students classified as English learners in grade 1. The study provides a model for constructing and using a longitudinal state dataset to examine EL student outcomes over time and across language proficiency classifications.

Teacher Certification and Academic Growth for English Learner Students in Houston Independent School District (completed)

REL Southwest conducted a correlational study using data from the Houston Independent School District (ISD) to determine the characteristics of teachers who are more effective with English learner (EL) students. The findings will help guide Houston ISD staff in hiring effective bilingual/English as a Second Language teachers.