Providence could do a much better job teaching non-native English speakers, according to a new report from the Council of Great City Schools. The report finds expectations are not high enough in many of the city’s English language learning classrooms. It also says those students are not benefiting from broader efforts to improve Providence Public Schools.
Providence School officials say they will convene a task force to respond to the recommendations in the report, which was commissioned by the district.
Non native English speakers make up about 15 percent of the providence public school district or roughly 34-hundred students. They consistently perform at below-average levels on standardized state tests.