English-Language Learners Report Roundup

Research Report: English-Language Learners

By Mary Ann Zehr — March 15, 2011 1 min read
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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 study 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.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 16, 2011 edition of Education Week as English-Language Learners

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