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English Language Learners Make Gains at Grades 4 and 8

  • Fourth-grade students identified as being English language learners (ELL) who could be assessed had higher average science scores and higher percentages of students performing at or above Basic in 2005 than in previous assessment years.
  • Eighth-grade students identified as English language learners who could be assessed had higher average science scores in 2005 than in 1996.
  • The average science scores of twelfth-graders identified as being English language learners were not significantly different in 2005 than in previous assessment years.
Trend in eighth-grade NAEP science achievement-level performance, by students' status as English language learners

Achievement-level results in science, by English language learners, grade 8: 1996, 2000, and 2005

Achievement Level Key

NOTE: ELL = English language learners. Prior to 2005, students were identified as either ELL or non-ELL; in 2005, students were identified as ELL, non-ELL, or formerly ELL. For this figure, non-ELL and formerly ELL data were combined for comparability. The results for English language learners are based on students who were assessed and cannot be generalized to the total population of such students. View complete data with standard errors for grade 8.

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