This brief depicts trends related to academic performance, namely trends in English-Learner (EL) classified student performance on Math and English Language Arts (ELA) SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment System) assessments.

CA MTSS is a comprehensive framework that aligns academic, behavioral, social and emotional learning and mental health supports in a fully integrated system of support to benefit all students. By providing a comprehensive and individualized approach to academic support, MTSS can help EL-classified students overcome academic challenges and achieve academic success.

Key findings include:

  • A small percentage of EL students are meeting or exceeding standards: 9.2% in mathematics and 12.5% in English Language Arts, suggesting that the education system may not adequately support the progression and achievement of English Learners, particularly as they advance to higher grade levels;
  • EL students are performing better academically in elementary compared to secondary grades; and
  • The more proficient a student is in English Language, the more proficient they are in Math and English Language Arts.

This brief is part of the Landscape of Language Learners in California’s MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Support).