Phoenix School District Meets New EL Requirements with Focus on Language

Phoenix, AZ

Model Leads to Success for Arizona District

When education leaders at Isaac Elementary School District in Phoenix were faced with the challenge of developing a new research-based instructional model for their English Learners, they embraced it as an opportunity to use new programs and build all students’ academic language. With the implementation of i-Ready Assessment, Personalized Instruction, and Ready® Mathematics, Isaac’s students and educators quickly saw learning go up and the district’s community grow stronger.


“Language is at the center of learning. It's how we know what students are thinking—what they know, what they don't know, the misconceptions, and the multiple ways of understanding a problem.” Lily Mesa-Lema, Director of Curriculum and Instruction