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In searching for a school that might be a model for Buffalo, The Buffalo News reviewed state data to find all New York high schools where at least 50 percent of students were considered English language learners.

The News eliminated schools exempt from meeting standard state graduation requirements, schools too new to have graduation data, schools without significant ethnic diversity, and schools with specific academic admissions criteria.

The remaining schools were ranked based on their Regents exam proficiency levels and four- and six-year graduation rates. The News then compared the enrollment demographics and language diversity of the highest-ranked schools against the demographics and language diversity of Lafayette.

Although Lafayette also instructs children in seventh and eighth grades, the data for these students was excluded for comparison purposes. – Sandra Tan

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