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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

BIlingual education: What does the research say?

Sent to Education Week, March 5, 2014

There are two crucial research findings related to the Sen. Lara's proposal to repeal Proposition 227 ("Calif. Bill Would Repeal Bilingual-Education Restrictions," March 4).

The first: study after study has shown that students in bilingual programs outperform similar students enrolled in English-only programs on tests of English reading.

The second: As noted by Prof. McField in the Ed Week article, dismantling bilingual education in California has not improved achievement for English learners in California. 

Both of these findings deserve more salience in the bilingual education debate.

Stephen Krashen
Professor Emeritus
University of Southern California

original article: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/03/05/23bilingual.h33.html

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