Thursday, October 10, 2013

Selma students redesignated as English speakers

Congratulations to these students, they are well on their way to success in this country.  - - Donna Poisl

By Michael Kincheloe

Twenty-two Selma High School students are being redesignated as fluent English speakers during the fall semester, which will better prepare them for college or career opportunities. Students whose native language is not English are classified as English Language Development Students, and are given an annual assessment called the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). To be redesignated, students must be proficient or advanced on state tests; have at least a 2.0 GPA;  have passed the California High School Exit Exam; and score early advanced or advanced in the CELDT.

“The redesignation of students classified as English learners is a big accomplishment for them and their parents,” said Enedina Reed, Selma High’s ninth grade learning director and program manager. “Sometimes, it takes many years for them to meet all of the requirements.”

One of the students redesignated is ninth grader Daisy Gonzalez.

“I never give up,” said Daisy when asked what she does to be successful. “I always try my best in school and do the best for myself and my parents.”
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