Exit English Language Learners with Ease: The NEW Ellevation Exit Center

As English language learners (ELLs) become proficient in English, their need for language support services declines. Based on state or school district criteria, these students are reclassified with the appropriate language supports. Exiting ELLs once they’ve achieved English proficiency is crucial because studies have shown that ELLs succeed when they’ve learned English and participate in mainstream classrooms. Yet, many districts fail to appropriately reclassify their students due to disparate student data, lack of communication or inadequate resources.

And now, at the end of the school year, the process of exiting ELLs becomes the topic du jour: test scores are in, classes are being scheduled for next year and a fresh crop of newcomer ELLs is just around the corner.

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Introducing Ellevation InClass: It's All About Collaboration

Collaboration among educators, while universally agreed to be a strong driver of student achievement, is too often cited as an area of challenge. For the educators we serve, finding time to collaborate around the needs of ELLs is frequently undermined by the day-to-day challenges of the school environment.

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Ellevation LPAC Tools Bring Meetings Online!

At Ellevation, we pride ourselves on developing new features that closely align with the real-world tasks educators and administrators need to complete every day. So often, ELL teams are swamped with forms, sticky notes, folders, binders, and spreadsheets. Add to this mess the endless phone calls, faxes, emails, and trips to the central office that are needed just to retrieve information, and it’s enough to make you throw up your hands and say, “How do you possibly have time for actual instruction of your ELLs!?"

When we started serving partner districts in Texas, we encountered a perfect example of a process in the “real world” begging to be made more efficient through technology: the LPAC meeting. In Texas, all decisions about ELLs - from program placement, to accommodation setting, to exit decisions, to post-exit monitoring - are required to be made by a Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC).  Administrators and Teachers get together and work through dozens of students at a time, making decisions, taking notes, filling out forms, and signing documents. As you can imagine, this leads to a deluge of paperwork and the possibility for items to fall through the cracks.

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New Privacy Policy Addresses Student Data Concerns

We started Ellevation with one very focused objective: to ensure all English Language Learners can achieve their highest aspirations. To make progress toward this extremely important goal, and build a high-impact and sustainable organization that can serve schools for many years to come, educators must trust Ellevation.

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Introducing Advanced Filters and Student Groups

At Ellevation, we're constantly coming up with new, exciting features that let you learn more about your ELLs, and how you can better serve them. At the same time, we also strive to improve core features of our platform, giving users a better experience and streamlining their work in Ellevation. It's not the most flashy product work, but often it has the greatest impact.

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