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Monolingual Assessment and Emerging Bilinguals: A Case Study in the U.S.

Publisher: Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters Ltd.
Page Numbers: 184-199

This study focuses on Colorado, a state whose demographic situation parallels the national one. In 2003, about 70,000 public school students in Colorado were identified as English Language Learners (ELLs), which constituted about 10% of the entire school population. Further, although there were 102 documented language groups in Colorado schools, the vast majority (56,000 or 80%) spoke Spanish as a first language.