Alabama has had tremendous growth in its English learner (EL) student population in schools in the last several years, adding nearly 10,000 EL students since 2015. Currently, EL students comprise 3.954% (29,135 students) of the total state population in schools, an increase of 2.64% from 2015. This project will provide intensive support to the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) to build capacity in developing, implementing, and evaluating the Alabama Framework for English Learner (EL) Success by supporting state education agency (SEA) development of evidence-based practices that provide ELs with access to high-quality instruction and equitable opportunities.
This project will support the ALSDE by providing the state with guidance, resources, and research in building an effective system to support districts in improving EL instruction. This support will include collaborating with the state to develop (1) a progress monitoring tool for evaluating the implementation of the Alabama Framework for EL Success, (2) a communication plan for disseminating the framework, (3) criteria for defining high-quality instruction and assessment for English learners, and (4) tools for implementing high-quality instruction and assessment.
- Implement a communication plan for disseminating the Alabama Framework for EL Success;
- Implement processes for monitoring and evaluating the implementation action plan for the Alabama Framework for EL Success; and
- Define high-quality instruction and assessment and language assistance programs for ELs.