DLBE Progress
Dr. Manno conducted 11 focus groups in October 2017 in regards to the DLBE program. For an overall representation of opinions, 3 of the focus groups were with staff, 6 were with parents in the DLBE program and 2 were with Traditional program parents.

FAQ #1:  What are the participating parents' impressions of the DLBE program?
Per the feedback from the focus groups: "All parents indicated that their children’s experience to date in DLBE was largely positive. A number of parents cited their children’s love of learning and enthusiasm for school. Many parents acknowledged the inherent challenge and rigor of DLBE as a benefit to their children. Parents noted that not only were their children becoming biliterate but also they were demonstrating increased resilience and perseverance in school and other areas. Some parents who have had experience with children in pull-out instruction commented that DLBE was more inclusive and less stigmatizing because the children in the program are fully integrated. Additionally, some parents described the value of their children’s development of their home language in an academic setting, where it is treated with the same degree of importance as English. Some parents also noted that their children’s participation in DLBE has given them increased access to their own children’s education now that content is taught in Spanish as well as English."
For additional feedback, please see Dr. Manno's MKES Program Study:  MKES Program Study: Feedback

FAQ #2:  Speaking of test scores... how does the District assess the success of the DLBE program?
The District currently assesses students’ academic performance throughout the year. Formal benchmark assessments are scheduled and administered district wide. They use a range of tools to assess content knowledge and language proficiency in English and Spanish. For example, we administer universal screeners in English and Spanish (e.g. AIMSweb) and developmental reading assessments (e.g. DRA in English, Rigby ELL Assessment, and EDL in Spanish). They also administer assessments of math computation skills that require no language and other common district assessments to monitor progress not only in content knowledge but also vocabulary development in that particular content area.
(Edited from the MKES DLBE website: MKES DLBE)

In addition, the oldest students participating in the DLBE program are now in 4th grade, so in the spring of 2017 they took the 3rd grade statewide ELA and Math assessments. Overall, there are no surprises in those results, but because that requires a longer explanation - please check this out: DLBE Test Results