‘ELLevating’ the Success of High School Emergent Bilinguals in Math:
Appropriate Accommodations and Strategies for Building Confident Learners
Keywords:Mathematics, Emergent bilinguals, translanguaging
This project describes how mathematics teachers at a high school in the U.S. with 9.5% (English learning) Emergent Bilinguals (EBs), increased their EBs’ passing rate on high stakes End of Course (EOC) tests in mathematics, specifically the Algebra 1 exam. Using a number of supports, including research-based strategies such as translanguaging, anchor charts, word walls, writing in math, as well as after school tutoring, the math department worked to improve the EBs’ scores by 11%, with newcomer EBs’ scores increasing 26%, when compared to the scores of the year prior.
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