February 18, 2005
Recent results from the California English Language Development Test show that English language learners in the Long Beach Unified School District are being redesignated as fluent English proficient at more than double the statewide rate.
Nearly 17 percent of limited English students in Long Beach were reclassified as fully proficient in 2003-04, far exceeding the statewide figure of 8 percent.
The strong performance in Long Beach is the result of efforts to monitor students’ progress and intervene early so they can transition to rigorous classes without additional help in English.
Approximately 27,000, or 28 percent, of students in LBUSD schools speak English as a second language.
Kindergartners and first graders are tested in speaking and listening skills. Students in grades 2 through 12 also are tested in reading and writing.