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Wednesday, November 14 • 1:45pm - 2:35pm
The Shrinking STEM Workforce: Capitalizing on the Expanding K-12 EL Population as a Solution

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Could the need for workers in the STEM pipeline be mitigated by capitalizing on the growing numbers of English Learners (ELs) children and young adults entering the MA K-12 system?

Yes, if we are proactive with assessing incoming ELs’ numeracy skills when they enter the K-12 system and determine what they already know, we could meet them where they are academically in their math and science numeracy skills and provide them with proper supports so that they do not fall behind in these subjects as they learn and become proficient in the English language.

  • Learn about the MA Numeracy Assessment Protocol for Students with Limited and Interrupted Education (SLIFE) who are disproportionality ELs.
  • Learn how the interactive MA Mathematics Progression Chart helps: (1) identify the numeracy skills embedded in the rigorous MA Framework for Mathematics and (2) with proper placement in math and science classes.
  • See an exemplar numeracy skills assessment developed for the extreme case of lack of common language.
  • Have access to all of the above tools.


Sara Nino

SPED and EL Coordinator, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Meto Raha

Math Content Specialist, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Wednesday November 14, 2018 1:45pm - 2:35pm EST
Meeting Room B

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