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ERIC Number: ED175938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Language Assessment Procedures for Identifying LESA Students.
Mauldin, Michael A.; And Others
Language assessment procedures developed by the Houston Independent School District were undertaken to identify limited-English-speaking-ability (LESA) students, mostly Mexican-Americans, for bilingual instruction. Six phases of program development were included: (1) goals, policies and procedures; (2) language assessment; (3) instructional programs; (4) recruitment and hiring of bilingual teachers; (5) staff development; and (6) community involvement. A six-step language assessment procedure was implemented: a parent survey; identification of LESA students needing further assessment, using achievement test scores; a teacher survey; identification of students with English language deficiencies, using the Language Assessment Scales; enrollment in bilingual programs; and testing students for placement in the bilingual program. It was found that assessing proficiency in English and the home language, including frequency and patterns of usage in each language and language achievement, helped to overcome some of the weakensses in the identification procedures. (Appendices include the Parent Survey of Home Language--English and Spanish versions, and the teacher Survey of Student Language). (MH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: EnglishSpanish
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Houston Independent School District TX; Texas (Houston)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)