98% of ESL Students are Failing

Via CNS News:

English-as-a-second-language (ESL) programs run by the Department of Education have overwhelmingly failed to help the estimated 23 million adults in America designated as having Limited English Proficiency (LEP) — including 2.9 million born in the U.S. — a study released by the Lexington Institute finds.

The report faulted the government for both the limited scope of the programs — which only reached 1.24 million, or 5 percent, of LEP adults — and for their lack of effectiveness: Only 40 percent of those enrolled from 2007-2010 made “any progress” through the levels of the program. Combined, the two flaws result in one damning statistic: “Only 1.7 percent of adult English learners managed to improve proficiency under the government-run system.”

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