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"The Effects of the Initial English Language Learner Classification on Students' Later Academic Outcomes"

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Designating early-elementary students who are close to being proficient in English as English-language learners can have "significant and positive effects on [their] academic achievement," a new study concludes.

The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at the University of California, Los Angeles, analyzed differences between ELLs and those considered barely English-proficient on state mathematics and language arts exams and grades from kindergarten through 10th grade.

ELLs performed better on state tests in the early-elementary grades, but their advantage shrank as all the students reached middle and high school—and as most ELLs were reclassified as proficient.

Vol. 37, Issue 14, Page 4

Published in Print: November 29, 2017, as English-Language Learners
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