NYSESLAT’18 done…or is it??

Special “thank you’s” to everyone who supported ELLs during the NYSESLAT’18…from bucket notes to grading, to every encouragement in between!

ELLs need much more support in classrooms. Here’s why:

Scoring take aways:

  • The writing rubric used to score exams exceeds what ELLs do in ELA classrooms
  • The R.A.C.E. response inculcated into written responses school-wide partially help ELLs respond to prompts that require opinions and personal anecdotes (which are graded down on the ELA exam!)


  • More ELLs are “trapped” in ENL because they can not pass the NYSESLAT
  • The longer ELLs are in ENL, the higher the chance of dropping out of school (infographic). This is a nation-wide issue affecting education and society.

To improve this inequity:

I created a study group in Sep 2017 called “Preempting Long Term ELLs” with NYC Men Teach, which is a collaboration with NYC Department of Education, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Young Men’s Initiative, and the City University of New York. The program seeks to impact people, practice, and policy around diversity in our schools and classrooms.

Come join us

Tomorrow we are showcasing in a workshop how teachers of content subjects can increase ELL success and decrease floundering in classes. Teachers College, Columbia University! NYC Men Teach June 2 Showcase tickets (free!)

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