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This study examined the effects of instructional services provided through the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program in secondary schools on English language acquisition and achievement in content areas in school years 2007-2008 through 2009-2010. Evidence showed that the majority of selected secondary grade cohorts and student sociodemographic subgroups made the annual progress toward English proficiency and attained the advanced English proficiency expected by the state. For both Maryland School Assessments subjects (reading and mathematics), Grade 8 ESOL students in 2008-2009, on average, significantly outperformed their peers in 2007−2008 after controlling for background characteristics.
Eval_report_for_secondary_ESOL_outcomes.pdf (863 KB PDF)