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.
In November 2011, ACCESS staff distributed a questionnaire about early childhood education services participation to all Austin Independent School District’s parents/guardians of kindergarten and prekindergarten students through their classroom teacher. This report was funded through the ACCESS grant as an adhoc request and provides a district summary of the data.
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.
Data in this report suggest that AISD's full-day pre-K program helped reduce the number of students who were retained a grade level or were placed in special education services. The cost per student for full-day pre-K was less than the costs associated with grade-level retention or special education services.
The AISD pre-K program advanced nearly one-third of students to above the national average in receptive vocabulary ability in their native language by Spring 2012, with more than 50% of students scoring above the national average on the test.
In 2011-2012, AISD provided a tuition-supported pre-K program to 4-year-old students who were not eligible to enroll in the state-mandated program. Overall, pre-K students in the tuition-supported program demonstrated meaningful growth on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test.
In 2011–2012, AISD prekindergarten enrollment was 5,525, a decrease by less than 2% from the 2010–2011 year. The vast majority of pre-K students were economically disadvantaged (94%) and/or English language learners (58%). Attendance rates for pre-K students increased by 0.6% from the prior year.
AISD Burmese refugee student enrollment has increased since the 2006–2007 year, and the number is expected to rise as Austin resettlement agencies serve more families coming into the US. Learn more about how AISD can better serve this population.
Based on end-of-year report cards, 70% of pre-K students met expectations across all personal development areas in 2011-2012.