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Illinois-based limited-English-proficient students earn high marks

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011 15:12 PM

East Maine School District 63, which is located in Illinois, recently announced that its students who have limited English proficiency have exceeded all state benchmarks for standardized testing in 2010, Niles Herald-Spectator.

Officials told the news source that these students exceeded all state benchmarks for testing for the first time since 2007. Furthermore, the district met the three criteria required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act to make the "annual measurable achievement objectives" developed for English language learners.

"This is something that we really want to celebrate and be proud of our staff in how hard they have worked to meet these goals," Erin Centanni, director of English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual services, said at a recent presentation.

Officials added that 98 percent of students made progress in 2010 to satisfy the 91 percent state standard. Additionally, 15 percent attained English proficiency, which is more than double the minimum required.

The U.S. Department of Education reports that nearly 49.4 million students attend public elementary and secondary schools. In addition, almost 6 million are expected to participate in private school programs this fall.