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California study: Kindergartners may be wrongly identified as English learners

October 22, 2011
English Language Learners
Donna Jones
Santa Cruz Sentinel

The state-mandated California English Language Development Test is so challenging, researchers say, that too many California children are being labeled as English learners more because of a lack of maturity than language skills. Only about 6 percent of California’s kindergartners who took the test in 2010 were designated English proficient, according to the study, “Classifying California’s English Learners: Is the CELDT too blunt an instrument?”