Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bilingual program exceeding goals

Many people don't like bilingual classes, but this school district is having success.    - - Donna Poisl


For Deming Public Schools' Bilingual Program, validation of six years of hard work has arrived.

Earlier in October, Michael Chavez, director of bilingual education, proudly released new data from the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment that shows students in grades three through eight who began as English Language Learners (non-English as their native language) and have progressed to "English Proficient" are scoring on par and sometimes higher than their peers in Mathematics and Reading.

"We have closed the achievement gaps in our Bilingual Programs," he said. "We know what we're doing is working."
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