Most States Are Failing To Meet Academic Standards For English
A new report from the U.S. Department of Education finds that most states in the country are failing to meet academic targets for English-language learners (ELLs) — and Arizona is no exception.
Only five states met their academic goals for ELL students in reading and math, according to the report. And that’s actually a drop from the year before when six states made the benchmarks.
The report is based on the most recent data available — from the 2013-2014 school year — but, according to Megan Karns Garvey, it’s an Arizona state law that has created systemic challenges for ELL students here for a decade. She is the secretary for the Arizona affiliate of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
She came on The Show recently to talk more about why this is happening here in Arizona.