March 11, 2020
Multilingual Learners in NYC Schools: Poor Outcomes with Unlimited Potential
Multilingual Learners (MLLs, also known as English Language Learners or
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To put it another way, if NYC MLLs were their own school district, they
To understand the achievements and challenges of MLLs in our schools it
MLLs have significantly worse graduation rates and dropout rates compared to Non-MLLs
In 2019, of Multilingual Learners graduated high school
of Multilingual Learns dropped out
of never-Multilingual students graduated high school
of never-Multilingual students dropped out
Despite improvements over time for Non-MLLs, MLL outcomes have shown little improvement.
BUT, when MLLs test out of MLL-status, they outperform their peers who were never MLLs.
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of current MLL students tested proficient
of never MLL students tested
of former-MLLs tested proficient in
The data show that MLLs who stay in programming as they get older have
If we want to focus on improving high school graduation and dropout
Older and/or newcomer MLLs represent a significant portion of all MLLs.
Multilingual Learner Newcomers
Multilingual Leaner High School Population:
MLL Newcomer High School Population:
However, appropriate options for these students with wrap around supports and targeted resources designed to
New estimates from the Migration Policy Institute show a significant number of high school age recently-arrived immigrants in NYC, who
To take action, CCC recently joined with its partners at the New York Immigration Coalition as part of the
It is our hope that these programs can be the start of a new effort to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable