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June 30, 2015

Dual-language elementary students performed as well as AP high schoolers in Mandarin, study says (features research of Amado Padilla and colleagues)

This story highlights research led by GSE professor Amado Padilla.


A new Stanford University study reports some surprising results: fourth and fifth graders  at a Palo Alto school performed on par with high school students in Mandarin.

The elementary students attend Palo Alto's Ohlone Elementary dual-language immersion program, which means they are taught all subjects for at least half the day in Mandarin. The high school students were 4th and 5th level Advanced Placement Mandarin students.

The Stanford Graduate School of Education researchers found the elementary and high school students had the same level of linguistic competency in Mandarin, with some fifth graders even outperforming the high schoolers in reading. The results of their study are published in the spring issue of Foreign Language Annals.

Read the entire story on the KPCC website as well as the original GSE release.


Brooke Donald, Director of Communications, Stanford Graduate School of Education: 650-721-402,


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