New findings from the National Center for Education Statistics show that the gap between Hispanic English learners and their white classmates remains as wide today as it was in the 1990s. In other words, the English learner achievement gap hasn't narrowed much in the last 20 years.
But solving this problem isn’t about identifying what went wrong. Instead, it’s about discovering what we can do right. “We can say, ‘Well, we tried and we failed, so let’s not try anymore,’ or we can look at the data and say, ‘If 20 to 25 percent of your school system’s kids are not doing well, we need to do something urgent,’” said Raul Gonzalez, director of legislative affairs for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic-advocacy organization.
So what should that something urgent be?