Academic achievement among ELL students in New York continues to show steady gains. However, performance is still below that of non-ELL pupils. Local efforts to provide ELL students with necessary programs and services are hampered by inadequate state and federal funding, a shortage of bilingual educators, a deficient number of interpreters, unreasonable testing protocols and unnecessarily stringent accountability measures.
The ECB believes that it is crucial to strengthen programs and services in order to ensure successful educational outcomes for English Language Learner (ELL) students. Recommendations include the creation of an English Language Learner (ELL) aid category funded at $100 million to ensure districts can deliver the enhanced levels of service necessary for ELL success. Read full ECB paper here.