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Study: Current, former ELLs take fewer advanced, college-prep classes

from Education Week

Current and former English language learner high school students are less likely to take advanced classes than their native English-speaking peers, a Regional Education Laboratory Northwest study finds. Based in Washington state, the researchers examined barriers that prevent English language learner students from taking more college-preparatory coursework — finding that academic preparation accounts for much of the difference in participation and performance. "English learner students face multiple obstacles to taking advanced courses. They divide their time between acquiring English proficiency and learning academic content, creating a challenge for them to keep pace with native English-speaking students," the researchers write. more

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