NUSD English Learners excel on new state exam

--- Published on October 26th 2018 ---
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Natomas Unified’s English Learners are outperforming their peers statewide and countywide – by large margins – in proficiency at reading, writing, speaking and understanding English, according to state data released today. 

The test results, from California’s first-ever English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), indicate that NUSD’s focus on enhancing English Learner proficiency in recent years through strong staff and multiple actions is paying off. 

More than seven of every 10 NUSD English Learners passed the state exam, requiring display of well-developed or moderate English skills. NUSD’s passage rate of 71.49% was 6.5 percentage points higher than the state average and 10 points higher than Sacramento County’s average. 

For English Learners, gaining proficiency is a big step toward college and career readiness because it enables access to courses required for college admission and beneficial to future success. The ELPAC results are consistent with NUSD’s emphasis on college and career readiness. 

Among major Sacramento County school districts, NUSD scored 3.5 percentage points higher than the next closest, 11.7 points above the next, about 16 points higher than the next two districts, and 24 points higher than the final large district. 

Nearly 1,600 NUSD English Learners at all grade levels and all schools took the ELPAC exam last spring. 

Because the newly released results reflect the first time ELPAC was given statewide – it replaced the California English Language Development Test – no previous results are available to assess year-to-year growth.