Published Online: October 6, 2015
Published in Print: October 7, 2015, as Arizona Reduces Class Time for ELL Immersion Program

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Arizona Reduces Class Time for ELL Immersion Program

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Arizona school districts have been given permission to cut the time some English-language learners spend in a mandatory immersion program.

Officials say the leeway will give students who have reached a certain level of proficiency a more well-rounded education.

Middle and high school students typically had to forgo elective classes to satisfy state law, which requires four hours of instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and grammar each day. Now, students with intermediate proficiency who are in at least their second year of instruction may have up to two hours cut from their block time.

Vol. 35, Issue 07, Page 4

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