This Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest descriptive study examines how long it took English learner students to gain English proficiency and reclassify as former English learner students at elementary schools in seven Seattle-area school districts. Analyzing test scores of 17,733 students, the study found that the average time to reclassification as a former English learner student was 3.8 years. Students who entered elementary school in earlier grades were able to reclassify as former English learner students faster than their peers who enrolled in later grades; for example, students who entered in grades 3-5 took more than a year longer, on average, to become proficient when compared to students who entered at kindergarten. The following are appended: (1) Data and methodology; and (2) Supplemental data tables.
ERIC DescriptorsClassification, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), English Language Learners, Gender Differences, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Low Income Students, Minority Group Students, School Districts, Scores, Second Language Learning, Socioeconomic Status, Student Characteristics, Student Diversity, Time
Northwest | Publication Type: Descriptive Study | Publication
Date: August 2015