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…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: This One Should Make Everyone Learning A New Language Happy

Overlooked elements of language and literature play a key role is the headline of an article about what seems to me a fairly arcane study.

However, this statistic jumped out at me:


It seems to me that this kind of info would be heartening news for anyone learning a new language, including English!

August 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Low-Income Children Better Prepared When They Enter School

I’ve previously shared the excellent research done by Sean Reardon.

Now he and his colleagues have published a column, The Good News About Educational Inequality, in The New York about their latest study.

Here’s an excerpt:


Of course, as they point out, this is great news, but it’s still “no substitute for comprehensive social policy.”

July 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Central American Refugees

Many of our students are Central American refugees living in fear of being deported to their deaths.

Nicholas Kristof’s NY Times column today is about just that – We’re Helping Deport Kids to Die (is also available in Spanish).

Here’s an excerpt:



I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border.

June 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Numbers of Immigrant Students Will Continue To Grow

Cross-Generational Differences in Educational Outcomes in the Second Great Wave of Immigration is the title of a new study from The American Institutes For Research.

There seems to me to be two key findings from the study.

Here’s the first:


The second conclusion is depressing: they found that the academic performance of first, second and third generations Hispanic and Asian students (at least those they studied in Florida for the report) got progressively worse.

The authors say that exploring the reasons for that deterioration and what can be done about it are “beyond the scope” of their study, though it seems not particularly responsible to duck those issues when you have those kinds of blockbuster findings – especially in the political climate today.

What are your thoughts on the research?

June 10, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Many Students Are Chronically Absent

NPR has just published an article about brand-new statistics released by the Department of Education today about students who are chronically absent.

Here’s an excerpt:


I always have a few students in this situation each year. Even with multiple phone calls home from different school personnel (obviously, including me), home visits, “threats,” attempts at parent conferences, etc., our effects are often unsuccessful. Outside of the community schools model, which includes many more ways to engage families, I’m not sure what else we can do.

Here are some other absence-related articles I’ve shared in the past:

New Report Reveals How to Keep School Attendance, Enthusiasm High in June is from Ed Week.

Chronic Absences Hinder Young Learners is from The Atlantic.

California’s schools will soon be on the hook for things like suspensions, attendance and graduation rates is from The L.A. Times.

Study Finds That Rewards For School Attendance Make Things Worse

June 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Depressing Statistic Of The Day: Schools With Police Officers But No Guidance Counselors

The federal Department of Education released a bunch of data today on civil rights issues and NPR (The Civil Rights Problem In U.S. Schools: 10 New Numbers) and The Washington Post (Five eye-opening figures from the U.S. Education Department’s latest civil rights data dump) provided some highlights – or “lowlights.”

Here’s one:


I’m adding this info to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

June 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: It Pays To Graduate From College

The One Question Most Americans Get Wrong About College Graduates is a fascinating piece in today’s New York Times.

It finds that there is, apparently, a widely believed “emotional narrative” that college graduates are more likely to be unemployed than non-graduates. I was shocked to hear that many people hold that mistaken belief.

Here are the facts:


I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Showing Students Why They Should Continue Their Academic Career.

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