Around the world and among U.S. education leaders, elementary schools (Pre-K - 2) are struggling with Oral Language Acquisition (OLA) and literacy achievement. Published data shows that children are not reading at level by the time they enter third grade which requires continued resources to support ELL and may never close the achievement gap. Part 1 of this Executive Summary series: A Real Literacy Challenge for U.S. Schools -- Oral Language Acquisition (OLA) addresses the realities of what's taking place in our schools and the momentum behind ELL initiatives. Part 2 of this Executive Summary series addresses the solutions and and case studies that support OLA for ELLs.
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