Knox County Schools and English language learner success.


In Knox County Schools, Tennessee, the district serves approximately 3,100 English language learners from 92 different countries with 80 distinct languages. At one school, Northwest Middle, 60 percent of the students entering sixth grade cannot read above the third-grade level. Like the rest of the district, Northwest is diverse—serving many non-Spanish speaking students, as well as students in the United States with refugee status.

One Northwest student, Martin, an English language learner, fell into the 60 percent of students who could not read above third grade. Often frustrated and bored, Martin developed an attitude that resulted in disciplinary referrals. To help move him toward grade-level reading proficiency, Martin was enrolled in a class using LANGUAGE!® Live, a comprehensive blended learning solution for struggling adolescent students in grades 5–12.

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