After two years of working at my school site, I noticed that English Language Learners were disproportionately represented on “”D/F lists”” and summer school referrals. The inequities facing ELL students go far beyond the walls of my school. “On average, ELLs’ academic achievement tends to be low” across the United States (Goldenberg, 2008, p. 14). To be more specific, ELL students are, on average, about 40 percentage points behind their non-ELL peers in both fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math exams (Murphy, 2015, p. 2). With the support of the GSE, I decided to take action.
My Master’s Capstone Project focused address this issue of inequity by improving teacher efficacy to increase Emerging Multilingual Learner success and belonging at High Tech Middle North County. The results? Huge growth and gains for teachers and students!