Effectively Educating PreK-3rd English Language Learners (ELLs) in Montgomery County Public Schools

Author: Geoff Marietta, Elisha Brookover / June 30, 2011

Despite rapid growth in its English Language Learner (ELL) population, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has been highly effective in improving outcomes for ELL students across the district.  Achievement has increased, and gaps between ELL students and their native English-speaking peers have decreased.

MCPS’s effectiveness is intentional.  Its approach begins with rigorous diagnostics followed by an aligned PreK-3rd curriculum that is integrated with instruction, and continuous assessment.