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Dual Language Programming: A Model to Enhance School Climate and Academic Achievement in Diverse Schools

October 20, 2020 |

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This policy brief summarizes research and data on English learners (ELs) in Virginia and current dual language (DL) education policies and practices. It includes discussions of (1) the growth of ELs in Virginia and across the Richmond area; (2) both federal and state education policies on language use and DL programming; (3) critical factors related to outcomes and the instruction of ELs and native English speakers in an integrated setting; (4) case studies of school divisions in Virginia that have spearheaded DL programs in their region; and (5) responses to frequently asked questions around the implementation and new 2018 Virginia policies that support DL program development.

Learn more about the work of the MERC English Learner Research and Evaluation Team