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Oregon ESL student progress deemed “unacceptable”

Posted by Christopher Coen on October 9, 2012

Oregon’s second-highest ranking education official called results on tests looking at whether Oregon’s nearly 60,000 students who speak English as a second language are making strides as “simply unacceptable”. An article in the San Francisco Chronicle has the details:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — School districts produced mixed results on tests looking at whether Oregon’s nearly 60,000 students who speak English as a second language are making strides — a performance deemed “simply unacceptable” by the state’s second-highest ranking education official...

The graduation rate for students whose first language is not English is 52 percent, so the state needs massive improvement from this group to achieve its goal…

Districts must hit three targets to receive a “met” on the report. Only 19 of the state’s 197 districts accomplished the feat while 102 failed…

According to the report, most districts failed to have a sufficient number of students making that one-level-per-year progression, and also failed to meet federal achievement targets on state reading-and-math tests... Read more here

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