Steinhardt Researchers Receive $4.5 Million to Boost Science Instruction and Testing Among English Language Learners in Urban and Rural Areas


Steinhardt researchers are leading an NSF-funded project titled, “Promoting Science among English Language Learners Scale-Up.” The four-year study will address science standards and assessment for fifth graders looking closely at science curriculum and ways to enhance teachers’ science knowledge, teaching practices, and instructional resources.

More than 41 percent of New York City students report speaking a language other than English at home. According to the New York City Department of Education, 154,466 students are classified as English Language Learners (ELLs), roughly equivalent to the population of Salem, Ore. As New York City seeks to produce the next generation of innovators in its quest to become a scientific and technological hub, ensuring quality science instruction and assessment at the K-12 level is critical, especially for the growing population; ELLs in the city and nation 500

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