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California Schools Step Up Efforts to Help ‘Long-Term English Learners’

The law requires the state to define and identify a “long-term English learner,” the first effort in the nation to do so. In many instances, these students are sitting in mainstream classes and are not getting any specialized help.

In its inaugural data released Wednesday, the state has identified nearly 350,000 students in grades six through 12 who have attended California schools for seven years or more and are still not fluent in English. They make up three-fourths of all secondary school students still learning English.