The Plight of English Language Learners
Research shows that these students (also called ESL) are the least educated population in U.S. schools (1) and are critically underserved. The percentage of 4th grade English language learners who score below the "Basic" level in math (the lowest level) is 44%. Unfortunately, by the 8th grade,
69% of these students score
below "Basic" (1). So, they fall
further and further behind
during each of those critically
Research informs us that these
students need educational content
in their native languages along with
assessments (also in their native
languages) while they learn English (3).
Far too many of these students never
have the chance to keep pace with their
English-speaking peers. They fall behind and stay behind.
Math4ALL will help eliminate the language barrier to advancement in math for English language learners in U.S. schools. This new genre of educational software we call "massively multilingual" is needed now more than ever.
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