Dual language (DL) is the most powerful school reform model for high academic achievement as it supports the development of bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism for all participating students including native Spanish speakers and native English speakers alike. Dual language focuses on developing stronger cognitive and academic skills through the intentional
development of bilingualism and biliteracy.
Dallas ISD currently leads the largest dual language program nationally serving 148 elementary schools in a One-Way dual language program, approximately 30 elementary schools Introduction to Dual Language Programs in a two-way dual language program.
The dual language program is continuing to expand into the secondary grades with four middle schools and one high school currently following the dual language model. Both English Learners (ELs) and non-ELLs in the Dallas ISD’s dual language programs are outperforming general education students across the content areas in state academic assessments.
In Dallas ISD, ELLs in dual language demonstrate English proficiency and close the achievement gap in six to eight years when in served in a properly implemented dual language program.