Alicia Sasser Modestino, associate director of the Dukakis Center, will lead a team, in partnership with Laurie Dopkins of Northeastern University’s Public Evaluation Lab, to study the return on investment for English as a second language (ESL) programs in Massachusetts under a new grant-funded project with the Boston Foundation.
ESL programs are an important component of adult education in the U.S., accounting for 44 percent of the 2.4 million students in federally funded adult education programs. As of 2014, about 1 percent of the U.S. population (667,515 individuals) participated in state-administered ESL programs, including 11,620 people in Massachusetts.
This mixed-methods study will conduct an initial landscape analysis to understand the size of the sector, the stakeholders involved, and the services they provide and also collect quantitative data to estimate a dollar return on investment.
“This is a precursor of worse outcomes for efforts to redress past racial discrimination...it does appear that the groups are coming together and recognizing that this is not a direction that the country needs to go in” -Ted Landsmark #OCNEU