Education Nation: Dual language program in California helps Latino children succeed

Ten percent of public school students are English language learners.

The Challenge: For English Language Learners, mastering the language is even more difficult if they struggle with their first language.

The Solution: At Geddes Elementary School in Baldwin Park, Calif., young students in the dual-language program are taught in Spanish 90% of the day until third grade. This approach has led to significant achievement gains, with 60% of third-graders scoring proficient or above in English language arts in 2011.

(source: NCES: The Condition of Education 2012: Indicator 8-2012)

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