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I am a two way immersion coordinator at a school in Portland Public. Mnay of our students whether they are ESL or English-only students come to school without the readiness to succeed academically.
Sherlynn was asked about the fact that many of her ESL students were not making the adequate progress that the federal government requires. I want to point out a kind of double jeopardy that is placed on ESL students: They must make progress in English language development as measured on the state ELPA tests and they must make progress on the OAKS testing that all students take. Many English speaking students who come to school without academic language could not do parrticularly well on the ELPA test, yet they are not required to take it nor do schools need to document academic progress in English.
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