The new study, which the Research Alliance conducted in partnership with NYU’s Michael Kieffer and the Regional Education Laboratory for the Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI), with support from the Institute of Education Sciences, examines how long English learners in NYC took to become reclassified as former ELs, and whether the timing differed based on various student characteristics.

The large and diverse English learner population in New York City public schools, where more than 40 percent of students speak a language other than English at home, provides a unique opportunity to learn about ELs’ needs, experiences and outcomes.

The study’s findings are particularly timely, as states and districts consider how to assess outcomes for English learners under the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Read the full report on the REL-NEI website.