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Common Core and ELLs
Lessons from Miami

More than 70,000 English language learners attended the Miami-Dade County Public Schools last year—making up one of the largest ELL student populations in the nation. 

Additionally, more than half of the nearly 350,000 students enrolled in the district report speaking Spanish as their primary language at home, and more than 16,000 students say their primary language is Haitian Creole.

As the Common Core State Standards are phased in, the district must plan for how to modify instruction for its sizable population of students whose first language is not English.