New Studies to Inform Action

Four universities joined with UCLA’s Civil Rights Project to release nine studies relevant to the effective education of English Language Learners (ELLs) in Arizona.

Findings include:

  • About 15% of Arizona’s ELLs lag far behind their English-speaking peers in reading and math proficiency.
  • ELLs are highly segregated from their English-speaking peers in classrooms.
  • 85% of the 880 teachers surveyed across the state expressed concern about the educational consequences of the language-based segregation.

These studies, resulting from a meeting on the Horne v. Flores case (an ongoing 17-year case that has been before both the state court and the Supreme Court), could have significant policy implications for the education of ELLs.