Most struggling Texas kids are veterans of U.S. classrooms

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Jun 10 15:06:18 UTC 2008

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Dallas News

Most struggling Texas kids are veterans of U.S. classrooms

Educators often point out the obstacles new immigrants face in
graduating on time. But they aren't the only kids learning English who
are struggling to graduate. Statewide, about 60 percent of high school
students classified as having limited English proficiency - called LEP
in education circles - have been in U.S. schools five years or more,
according to a Dallas Morning News analysis of state test data. Most
were born in the United States, often to immigrant parents, or
immigrated at an earlier age. While some do well in school, others
struggle for years. Experts say this can happen for several reasons.
Some children get poor bilingual or English as a second language
instruction in early grades. Some students change schools often
because their families move around. They may get classes taught mostly
in Spanish at one school, mostly in English at the next and bilingual
classes at a third.

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