I learn ftsaer did not mean that I new all the English grammar or rules; I learned the English language phonetics and what I mean with this is what I thought it sounded like I spoke. Even now days I find my self doing the basic computations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in spanish. Math is a language in itself what I learned in Mexico did not change what I was exposed here in the US the procedures were a little more in depth but I was capable to solve any given problem. Of course on those days we had more algorithms than world life situations. I do not recall a state mandated assessment in my high school years. I did have end of year testing. When I entered the university that was a rude awakening because I was exposed to express my mathematical concepts and to read a situational high order thinking problem situation in the Calculus and Physics classes, but oncer again the math algorithm was understood. I have witness students who attend an ESL campus and students who attend bilingual instruction and observed that students who are in an ESL campus learn quickly and are proficient in both languages. A bilingual student will achieve the same but at a slower pace.