The ROI of ESOL: The Economic and Social Return on Investment for ESOL Programs in Greater Boston

Alicia Sasser Modestino, Laurie Dopkins, & Claudia Santelices
Date of Publication: 
December, 2019
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Recognizing the importance of immigrants to Greater Boston and the value of English classes and other supports to building an inclusive and welcoming community, the Boston Foundation and the Latino Legacy Fund commissioned a study that explores the “return on investment” (ROI) for teaching English to adults who are speakers of other languages. Known as ESOL programs, these services are an important component of adult education and a key piece of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The result of that study is this report, comprising an analysis of the region’s ESOL landscape that provides background and context for the in-depth case studies and ROI estimates that follow.

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Sasser Modestino, A., Dopkins, L., & Santelices, C. (2019). The ROI of ESOL: The economic and social return on investment for ESOL programs in Greater Boston. Retrieved from