Narrow the Achievement Gap

Languages, and in particular dual language programs, increase achievement on standardized tests and are shown to narrow the achievement gap not only for English learners but for all students.

A number of important longitudinal studies show that students in dual language programs:

DC Public Schools’ own Chancellor Wilson acknowledges the gap-closing value of multilingual education. Given the District’s widening achievement gap and the fact that only 20% of District English learners are in dual language programs, it is high time to use dual language education to address the achievement gap.