Students to Graduate Using Native Language

Posted on: 07/12/2009

Some Oregon high school students who possess only intermediate English skills but read and write well in their native language will be able to qualify for a diploma using those native language skills.

The policy is aimed at students who have strong academic skills in their first language and who immigrate to the United States in their mid-teens or later.

They would be required as well to demonstrate a level of English proficiency that officials said would match the entrance requirements of a community college.

The Oregon Board of Education voted Thursday for the policy, which state officials estimate could apply to 300 to 400 high school seniors out of about 36,000 who graduate each year.

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