Monday, March 12, 2012

Arizona District Reports Spanish Immersion Leads To Improved Test Scores

The Tucson (AZ) Sentinel (3/8, Gilbert) reports on a "foreign language-immersion program that focuses on teaching half of the day's subjects in Spanish to children from preschool to eighth grade" at Desert Willow Elementary School in Cave Creek, Arizona. "The program, which is in its ninth year and is one of a handful in the state, enrolls about 50 new students annually. Educators say it has improved standardized test scores, set up students for success in high school and shown the way for others like it in Arizona." The piece notes that he program was expanded with a 2007 ED grant for $465,000.

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