Second Language Classes Fall Short

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Tue, October 2 2012 at 6:10 PM, Updated: Tue, October 2 2012 at 6:25 PM

A report released by the Oregon Department of Education shows students who study English as a second language are not getting through the system.

The number of Oregon's ELL (English Language Learners) didn't meet the states benchmark of 57% but came close around 50.2%. Still not enough and graduation rates have made little to no progress over the years. That has prompted state to reexamine their goals. Of the 2,000 students learning English as a second language in Jackson County only 350 made it through all five target goals needed to take the assessment test, proving them as proficient.

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Travis Koch

News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.

Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.

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