Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

James L. Schott

Second Advisor

Carol A. Burg

Third Advisor

Dale E. Moxley


English language learners (ELL) represent the fastest growing population of learners in our schools. A substantial and continuing education achievement gap exists between ELLs and English speaking students and an alarmingly disproportionate number of ELL students contribute to the dropout rate. As educators, it is imperative that we provide educational programs to help reduce the achievement gap. All students deserve an education that will enable them to be productive citizens and that will provide them with the skills needed to enter either a career or an institution of continuing education upon graduation. As a solution to the increasing dropout rate and achievement gap for ELL students, I am proposing a policy to implement a One-Way Dual Language Program for schools that have an ELL population greater than 30%. This Policy Advocacy Dissertation contains arguments for and against Dual Language programs, as well as a detailed framework of analysis to the merits of a One-Way Dual Language Program.