Progress teaching to Oregon's non-English speaking

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Department of Education says schools are making progress in teaching non-English speaking students to become proficient in the language, but tens of thousands need help and many school districts are not meeting targets.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/rURkgO ) a record 10,400 students in the state who speak English as their second language were deemed proficient last year. But another 55,000 are not yet proficient and about 12,000 English language learners enter public schools each year.

The Education Department released its Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives report Tuesday, based on state assessment tests of student ability to speak, read, listen and write English. Few school districts meet all three targets in the report.