Published Online: March 15, 2011
Published in Print: March 16, 2011, as English-Language Learners

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"The Relationship Between English Proficiency and Content Knowledge for English-Language Learner Students in Grades 10 and 11 in Utah"

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More than a third of Utah 10th graders who scored high enough on the state’s regular English-content tests to exit English-language-learner programs failed to pass the same hurdle on proficiency tests designed for ELLs, according to a studyRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader by the federal Institute of Education Sciences.

To get out of special programs to learn English in Utah, ELLs must score at the "advanced" level on the state's English-proficiency test while also scoring in the top three of six categories on the regular English-content test. The study found that in 2008-09, 33 percent of ELLs in 10th grade met the first requirement and that 42 percent of ELLs in the same grade met the second.

Vol. 30, Issue 24, Page 5

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