Tuesday, August 31, 2004

English Language Learner program reaches above-average exit rate

"Roughly 23 percent of Metro students for whom English is a second language acquired the skills necessary to exit the district’s English Language Learner (ELL) program last year, a number which is more than double the amount districts typically expect to achieve in a year, according to the director of Metro’s ELL program, Sayra Hughes."

"Exiting the ELL program means that students have become fluent enough in English to be successful in school without special assistance."

"'Usually in a district you shoot for 10 percent in a year,' Hughes said."

"An upcoming open house will have a translator in every classroom to make sure that parents not fluent in English will get the same vital information as the rest of the parents."

Metro schools have "more than 200 ELL teachers."

Nashville City Paper

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