Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


First Advisor

Jenelle Reeves

Date of this Version



A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education, Under the Supervision of Professor Jenelle Reeves. Lincoln, Nebraska: July 2020

Copyright 2020 Tianna Bankhead


As an educator in the field of English Language Development, I have chosen to explore the experience of four participants that have exited their ELL program within the last 1 - 2 years in Lincoln Public Schools. I wanted to capture the first-hand experience of secondary students by exploring where they are finding successes since being formally considered proficient in English and where they are struggling. I interviewed these students and explored their academic world as well as the social world within the school setting. At the conclusion of the study, I found that students are academically achieving success in the area of English Language Arts, while struggling in the area of mathematics. Students also are finding success socially. In the conclusion of this study, I will recommend ways to support mathematics for students as well as ways to combat segregation in the school.

Advisor: Jenelle Reeves