Bilingual students are performing at least as well as English-only students, according to a school district report.

In a report on the bilingual programs offered in Community Consolidated School District 54, pupils who were immersed in a language other than their native language performed as well as or better than their peers once they return to English-only classrooms.

This year, 2,246 children are enrolled in classes district-wide that include a variety of teaching methods, from English-speaking pupils learning in a classroom where Spanish is the primary language, to classes where Spanish-speaking pupils are immersed in English.

Up to 98 percent of District 54’s bilingual pupils perform above average in English-only classrooms, district officials said.

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