LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District students for whom English is not their native language have met annual federal academic requirements. The number of English learners in the high school district has grown from 462 in 1999 to 3,567 this year. The district has a total student population of about 24,250. “I think a lot of it has to do with greater attention being paid to subgroups at the respective school sites,” said Anthony Martinez, English learners program coordinator. “The expectations for students have risen and we are focusing on standards-based lessons across the curriculum.” The federal benchmarks are part of the No Child Left Behind Act and pertain to districts that receive federal funds that are used to help students learn English. The district annually receives about $225,000 in Title III funds, Martinez said. The high school district met all three so-called “annual measurable achievement objectives” for the 2004-05 year. Other eligible school districts that did not were Eastside Union, Keppel Union, Lancaster, Palmdale and Wilsona school districts, a district staff report said. Schools were required to have 51.5 percent of their English-language learners make annual progress in learning English. A total of 79.6 percent of high school students did so, records show. Schools were required to have 30.7 percent of English learners attain English proficiency on the California English Language Development test. More than 44 percent of high school students attained proficiency on the test. The high school district also was required to have at least 95 percent its English learners take the language and math portions of the state high school exit exam, and meet proficiency levels of 22.3 percent in language and 20.9 percent in math. The high school district students met the participation rate and scored 29.3 percent in language and 22.3 percent in math. Martinez also credited the program’s success to using a state board-approved English-language development intervention program and, starting last year, having a teacher oversee the English learner program at each school. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Non-English scores meet federal levels