Report praises California for its English learner efforts

Report praises California for its English learner efforts

California has emerged as a leader among states in the field of helping long-term English learners, who learn English as a new language, according to a report published in the Education Week.

While praising California’s long-term English learner efforts, the report published on Wednesday also noted that roughly 75 per cent of American public school classrooms have at least one student who is learning English as a new language.

Lesli Maxwell, the Education Week’s assistant managing editor, said that the Golden State has been on the leading edge among the states for the past few years with respect to the long-term English learners. California launched special programs targeting such students.

Commenting on the findings of the report, Maxwell said, “California has been on the leading edge in the last few years with respect to the long-term. These kids are everywhere now, they’re in our schools, and we have to do a much better job by educating them …”

He warned that if students with some other language as their mother tongue drop out of high school, they would not get good jobs, which would affect the economy. He noted that there are crucial implications for the nation as a whole if too many students go that way.

In the academic year of 2014-15, California had nearly 1.4 million students who spoke languages other than English. Nearly 83 per cent of English learners in the Golden State speak Spanish, but there are also tens of thousands students at public schools who speak Mandarin, Vietnamese and Filipino.

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