Plenty of evidence suggests that students who enter school speaking a language other than English can face some long-term educational challenges.
But in Oregon, the records are incomplete.
English language learners are reclassified as English-proficient students once they've mastered the language.
And the federal government only requires tracking for two years after reclassification.
Oregon State University's College of Education just received a grant to investigate further.
Professor Karen Thompson joins us.