November 6, 2019 | JNCL Newsroom
In a study of the demographics of Washington, D.C.’s public schools between 2010 and 2016, researchers found that racial/ethnic diversity - the distribution of students from different racial/ethnic backgrounds - in schools that offered dual language immersion programs exceeded that of schools that did not offer such programs, on average.
“Recent press and discussions on demographics and equity in DLI programs have relied on different degrees of empirical and anecdotal evidence and, in some cases, on data from individual schools,” said Rebecca Damari, director of research at the National Foreign Language Center. “
By directly comparing the demographics of DLI schools to other schools in the District in aggregate for the first time, we hope to provide an empirical foundation for more substantive discussions
on DLI schools.