Common Core Math May Provide Extra Challenge To ELL Students

Hechinger Report (1/3) article profiles Laurel Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, which has high poverty levels and where some 60 percent of students are English language learners. The piece notes that students at the school tend to perform better at math than they do at language arts because math is “a kind of transitional language for” ELL students. However, the piece notes that teachers at the school are concerned that the transition to the Common Core Standards may erode that edge because of the increased focus on language. The article quotes Ben Sanders of the California Office to Reform Education saying, “The language demands of the Common Core are enormous. This is absolutely going to be a big challenge to English learners.”