And the changes are showing results. For the two quizzes administered in this unit the class averages hovered around 80%, with above average scores almost across the board. There were some exceptions, however. The ELL students still lag behind their native speaking and bilinugal counterparts. Modifications for ELL students is something I really struggle with, especially because I face pressure to teach the vast content standards and "get students used to the language of the standardized test," which basically means give them practice questions from the standardized tests and watch them flounder in the confusing language (because somehow that's supposed to improve performance on the CST?). I could definitely put more energy into differentiation and building literacy for all students.