California's English learners continue to improve fluency

02/9/2005 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

According to California education officials, 47% of limited English students tested fluent on the state's English Language Development Test last year, which marks the third straight year of gains. State officials attributed the improvement to better-trained teachers and the use of specialized instructional materials, although they noted some of the increase may have stemmed from schools' continuing to classify students as English learners after they tested proficient.

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