Portland schools could see multiple new language immersion programs by fall of 2014

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

By the end of October, the district hopes to have specific recommendations for dual language immersion expansion for the fall of 2014, Debbie Armendariz, the interim director of dual language immersion, told the board on Monday.

Dual language immersion teaches students core content in both English and Spanish in an attempt to foster fluency. The district helped launch some of the state's first language immersion programs two decades ago.

Portland Public Schools, which has more than 4,000 students in its dual language programs, is currently in a study with RAND Corporation looking at the effects of dual language immersion on student achievement.

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