More Arizona students test out of ELL classes

The number of Arizona students moving from English-language-learning programs into traditional classrooms for the upcoming school year has nearly doubled from two years ago to 40,000. State schools Superintendent Tom Horne credits the increase to a new four-hour course that teaches grammar, reading and writing. But some educators say the true effect of the new program will not be known until current elementary-school students reach middle school, where English-language learners tend to fall behind their peers.

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