Who are California’s English Learners?
…words and sentences and books, I discovered, when read and recited could heal a tender heart.
– Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate since 2015, born in Fowler, California
(Reprinted with permission from Scholastic’s “On Our Minds” blog.)
English Learner (EL) Students are Estimated to Comprise 40% of the U.S. School-Age Population by 2030
Through CVF’s Data Dialogues Network in partnership with Stanford University, we’ve compiled data on all our district partners’ students. Our most recent study indicates that former ELs (now reclassified as “Fluent English Proficient”) outperform English-only students on standardized tests.
The Facts Are Astounding
While the California Department of Education estimates that nearly one in five ELs dropped-out of school in 2014-15, research indicates that those students who achieve English proficiency (RFEP students) are likely to outperform other student groups on standardized tests.
Superintendent Yolanda Valdez of Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District knows first-hand how ELs think and feel, she grew up working in the fields with her Spanish-speaking family. She fondly remembers the teacher who inspired her to achieve success. “I was just a regular kid who worked really, really hard.”