“We are struggling to meet our students’ needs,” he said.

Utah will receive more than $3.7 million in Title III funds this year.

In a report to the legislative Education Interim Committee on Wednesday, Enriquez said more can be done to teach kids and their teachers how to best learn and use English.

In the last year, Utah implemented a new master planfor teaching English learners, and the state office routinely assesses whether students are meeting achievement objectives related to that plan.

One of the annual measurable achievement objectives is progression. Local education agencies must show annual increases in the number or percentage of students making progress in learning English. Utah is surpassing its goals in this regard by 25 percent, Enriquez said.

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Utah students are also exceeding proficiency objectives by 37 percent.

But progress and proficiency must be applied in both language arts classes and math classes, and that is where Utah is lagging behind.

Enriquez said seven of the 30 local education agencies are not meeting application requirements and kids aren’t passing year-end examinations in English. The same districts are falling flat for two consecutive years, and one, which wasn’t mentioned specifically, has failed to meet the application objective for four years.
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