Preparing English Learners for College and Career Success

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English Learners in the US must meet the same requirements as native speakers to graduate high school. For this reason, it’s critical that educators distinguish between (a) skills students have not mastered, and (b) skills students have mastered in their native language but cannot yet demonstrate in English.

Sound complicated?

View this engaging discussion of dual-language assessment for Spanish-speaking English Learners. You’ll discover:

  • Key benefits of assessing students in both languages
  • Ways to disaggregate data based on grade and English proficiency level
  • Best practices for comparing results from English and Spanish assessments of literacy and math skills
  • How to use assessment data to tailor instruction to students’ specific needs, building a strong foundation for future success


Carol Johnson

Carol Johnson is a bilingual educator and National Education Officer at Renaissance. She holds a PhD in Second Language Acquisition & Teaching, specializing in how people learn second languages.