EAL differences

Overall non-EAL students perform better than EAL students by an average of 3.6 SAS points. This difference is significant and the differences exists at all age groups. EAL on its own does not give an indication of a student’s proficiency in the English language as other contextual factors such as  how long the student has been in the country or the age of the student on arrival in the country etc. also need to be considered.