This report provides a description of ELL enrollment in the district, examines ELL progress in English proficiency and academic content areas, and evaluates the dual language program in its first year of district wide implementation.
Patterns of course credit attainment for 2009-2010 AISD high school students are discussed. Among those most likely not to be on track to graduate in 4 years were English language learners and students in special education.
Twenty-nine percent of students enrolled in AISD were English language learners in 2009-2010. The majority of them (62%) continued to make progress in English proficiency and their TAKS scores have continued to improve over the years.
Twenty-nine percent of 2010-2011 AISD students were English language learners (ELLs). The majority of ELLs (62%) made progress in English proficiency and they showed overall improvement in most TAKS content areas for most grades.
The performance data on long-term English language learners (ELLs) were mixed and suggest not all long-term ELLs were struggling in English proficiency or content area knowledge. A quarter of long-term ELLs received special education services.
English language learners may have different instructional needs based on their English proficiency, academic knowledge, and number of years in U.S. schools. Analysis of these data helped define 6 ELL performance groups at the 9th grade level.
Ninth-grade predictors of dropout risk among English language learners were having an attendance rate below 90%, being 16 years or older, earning less than 5 credits, attending a Title I campus and scoring beginning or intermediate on TELPAS reading.