Dual-Language Programs Boost Student Achievement in English, Study Finds

Education Week
English-language learners assigned to dual-language-immersion classrooms in the Portland, Ore., school district were more likely to be classified as English proficient by 6th grade when compared to peers enrolled in traditional classes, a new study by the RAND Corp. found. The research team also determined that the district's dual-language students significantly outperformed their ELL who were not in dual-language classes peers on English-reading skills — by nearly a school year worth of learning by the end of middle school. Those are two of the key findings of a four-year, randomized trial of the district's dual-language program by RAND, along with the the American Councils for International Education, and Portland schools.

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