Essay on English Learners Score Lower On Standardized Tests

2259 Words May 13th, 2016 10 Pages
“Research suggests that immigrant English learners score lower on standardized tests, graduate from high school at lower rates and drop out at higher rates than their native English-speaker peers” (Lee, par. 2). People from all over the world immigrate to America to find better opportunities such as employment and education. One of the many problems that immigrants and their children, have to overcome is the language barrier. Without language, the second generation would find it hard communicating with other people. As a result, many of them have a higher percentage of dropping out of school at a young age compared to domestic students. All of this led to the creation of the Bilingual Education Act, also known as Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Johnson (Crawford 3). Due to the increase of immigrants, students are lagging behind in education due to a failure in communication. As a result, people look for a solution to overcome the barrier, and one of the solutions was the Bilingual Education Act. It was initially created to try to balance out the confusion and inequality between native English speakers and English language learners. “In 2005, the U.S. had about 11 million school-aged children of immigrants, making them about one-fifth of the school-aged population (Rong & Preissle, 2008)” (Lee, par. 1). This statistic proves how serious of a problem it could potentially be for America if people…

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