Nearly 30 percent of Los Angeles Unified students placed in English learning classes in primary school haven’t moved to the mainstream by the start of high school, reports the Los Angeles Times. These English non-learners are likely to drop out of high school.
More than half of those students were born in the United States and three-quarters had been in the school district since first grade, according to the report by the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute at USC.
Many of these students speak English as their preferred language but don’t read or write well in English — or Spanish. Their below-average scores put them in English language classes — the same instruction, year after year — that don’t help them learn academic content. I’ve written about California’s failure to move students into the mainstream in Education Week and for the Lexington Institute here and here.