ELL: What's at Stake for Arizona?

Reports and Publications
March 2013

Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Mary Carol Combs, Ph.D., The University of Arizona
David Martínez, Arizona State University
Laura Gómez, Arizona State University

The task of providing efficient and effective English Language Learner (ELL) programs in Arizona remains unresolved. Local school districts that could benefit from increased flexibility to differentiate instruction in order to meet the diverse needs of their ELL students are frustrated by bureaucratic restraint. And at a time when it’s becoming increasingly difficult and crucial for the state to compete regionally and internationally in the new global economy, Arizona is missing its opportunity to generate a highly educated workforce through proper funding and administration of ELL programs. In fact, there is a growing achievement gap between ELL students in Arizona and the national average.