Ramon Cortines, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, told the Los Angeles Daily News that he is “disappointed” the proportion of English-learners in his school district who scored proficient on the state’s English-language-proficiency test dropped slightly in 2009 over the previous year. In 2009, 37 percent of all ELLs in Los Angeles schools scored proficient in English, down from 38 percent the year before.
The article mentions that the office for civil rights of the U.S. Department of Education is investigating whether programs are adequate for ELLs in that school system.
Programs for ELLs in Boston’s schools are also being reviewed by the OCR.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.