A $10 million, five-year contract has been awarded to George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, GW has announced.
The funds support the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA), which disseminates information about English language-learner and related programs. GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development has been home to the national clearinghouse since its creation in 1988.
The clearinghouse helps states comply with Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Act (as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002) and assist districts with improving English-language proficiency and academic achievement. Title III of No Child Left Behind requires states to develop standards for language proficiency.
“The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition is representative of our school’s commitment to meeting the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students in this country,” said Mary H. Futrell, dean of GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and professor of education.
From 1995 to 2005, the number of language-minority students in U.S. schools grew by 57 percent, compared to 2.6 percent for the entire student population, according to GW. Of the entire ELL population, it said approximately 60 percent are Latinos and 70 percent are native-born.
For more information, log on to http://www.ncela.gwu.edu or www.gsehd.gwu.edu
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