1) Selma, North Carolina: Outcomes of language immersion
The North Carolina End-of-Grade (EOG) assessments released in 2014 indicate that proficiency levels of students in Selma’s dual language programs were up to 200% higher than those of students in traditional classes. Selma’s teachers and administrators also observe that dual language learners demonstrate high levels of academic engagement and focus in the classroom.
Full article link: http://www.vifprogram.com/splash-dual-language-case-selma.php
2) New from Washington, DC
Those who tout immersion schools say fluency in another language gives students the benefit to compete in the global marketplace. Educators like Aguilar say immersion students perform as well or better than non-immersion students on standardized tests in English, have longer attention spans and are better at problem solving. In addition, immersion students have a greater understanding and positive attitudes toward other cultures. It is not surprising that the educational approach is growing in popularity.
3) Lessons from Houston, Texas on the Benefits of Dual Immersion
Houston’s schools have been responding to the city’s growing pluralism. The city’s notable programs for dual-language learners (DLLs) and their correspondingly strong outcomes have recently drawn some media attention. The most recent flurry stems from a research brief by Sandra Alvear, who works with the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), which explores the impact of the Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) bilingual programs on the reading achievement of the district’s DLLs.
Full article link: http://www.edcentral.org/houston-dual-immersion/
4)The Real Benefits of Spanish-Immersions Elementary School
While the perks of language immersion programs are debated, the increase in popularity of Spanish immersion programs show that more parents see them as a way promote their children’s academic achievement. These programs boast language and literacy development in two or more languages and improved cognitive skills for students.
Our daughter doesn’t know it yet – but we are not sending her there primarily to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic, or even to learn another language. We are sending her there to experience life as the other and to learn the compassion that comes from being the one not understood.
5) Global School in Rural Edgecombe County
“I didn’t know if parents would be invested in sending their children to a school where they’re teaching full immersion, students are going to be learning Spanish 100 percent of the day,” he says.
But Farrelly says the community response was overwhelmingly positive. For many, the school is seen as an exciting opportunity to revitalize the district’s academic standing. Edgecombe County has had three of the lowest-performing elementary schools in the state.
Full article link: http://wunc.org/post/global-school-rural-edgecombe-recipe-success#stream/0
6) From VIF International Education
Quick fact: Studies show that regardless of demographic background, children enrolled in dual language programs outperform their peers on standardized tests, perform better on college-readiness exams such as the SAT and can earn up to 20 percent more in wages as adults.
In the 2011-12 school year, 94% of Splash students were proficient in math and 86% were proficient in reading, while their non-Splash counterparts averaged 82% in math and 65% in reading. Dual language students enrolled in VIF’s Splash programs also excelled in the 2012-13 school year, boasting 67 and 60% passing rates in math and reading, respectively, while their non-Splash peers averaged a 30% passing rate in math and 28% in reading. All scores remained notable, even as new Common Core-aligned testing methods rolled out in the 2012-13 school year.
Full article link: http://www.vifprogram.com/media-kit.php#VIF Schools in the News
7) School Successes Inspire N.C. Push for Dual Language
Raising achievement across the board—while producing a new generation of bilingual, biliterate students—is at the heart of North Carolina’s statewide initiative to replicate the success of Collinswood and dozens of other dual-language immersion programs that have taken root during the last several years. Drawing in part on the language and cultural assets of a large and still-growing Spanish-speaking immigrant population, North Carolina is on the leading edge of a trend of steady growth in dual-language immersion programs in public schools across the nation that has been driven both by strong parental demand and growing recognition among educators of its promise for increasing achievement for English-learners. Roughly 2,500 dual-language programs are operating this school year, according to estimates from national experts.
Full article link: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/15/08dual.h34.html