Lack of Early Language Proficiency Hurting the Next Generation
Educators and policy makers all over the world are hard at work to find the best and most efficient ways to teach students the knowledge and skills required for citizenship and work in the 21st century.
The United States faces several challenges. Although most states are finding it necessary to cut funding due to the global recession, population is growing, especially among recent immigrant families, and poverty is at its highest level in more than 50 years. A shocking 26 percent of American children under age 5 live in poverty.
Factors impacting education:
- Poverty and limited English proficiency result in far too many cases of low academic achievement and high dropout rates.
- Achievement gaps, college-enrollment gaps, employment gaps, and income gaps continue to make headlines.
- Globalization requires workers to have higher and more sophisticated levels of skill and knowledge in order to be competitive.
- There are the most demanding accountability expectations ever at both the federal and state levels, with even more on the horizon.
GrapeSEED helps schools accomplish these goals:
- Increase test scores in language for all students, including English Language Learners (ELL) students, English as a Second Language (ESL) students, other Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students, and struggling readers
- Narrow the achievement gaps between majority and minority populations
- Decrease, if not eliminate, the dropout rate
All three goals are at the heart of Response to Intervention (RTI) and remediation across the country.