Portland Public Schools recently posted their data for the kindergarten lottery for the 2016-17 school year. The data continues to show strong parental interest in PPS providing more dual language immersion programs.
(1) The 2016-17 lottery placed 596 (up from 522 in 2015-16) kindergarteners in dual language immersion programs. That was 14.6 of the October 2016 kindergartener count. 443 applicants, 10.9%, were turned away. Data does not include the Le Monde French Charter School. Count includes first, second and third choices as in prior years.
(2) Data by language for those “Turned Away.”
(3) Of the 443 applicants “Turned Away,” 45 (10.1%) were native speakers of the partnered foreign language.
(4) Lottery data for “Placed” often does not match the October enrollment counts. Usually, the enrollment count is high. This, I think, reflects late admissions. I cannot explain other differences.
Note: With the recent Rand-PPS study of immersion programs, we now know that each of the kindergarteners “Turned Down”, both foreign-language-native and English-native, not only will fail to become bilingual in the most effective way, but on English reading skill tests they will score seven month behind at fifth grade and nine months behind at ninth grade those students who were “Placed” in the immersion programs.