ERIC Number: ED349801
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Programs for Secondary Limited English Proficient Students: A California Study. FOCUS Number 5. Occasional Papers in Bilingual Education.
Minicucci, Catherine; Olsen, Laurie
The results of an exploratory study that investigated the range of programs available to limited English proficient (LEP) students in California secondary schools are addressed. The study consisted of several components: a telephone survey to 27 secondary schools that were demographically and regionally representative of California high schools and intermediate schools with LEP populations; site visits to five schools selected for the richness of their programs; a literature review; and individual consultations and interviews with local school district and State Department of Education personnel. Innovative efforts to address the needs of LEP students throughout California were found, but all of these efforts faced difficulties in implementation. Regardless of the language of instruction, fewer than one-fourth of the schools surveyed were able to offer a full menu of core content courses to LEP students. Four recommendations resulting from the survey were made. These include: establishment of state-supported, locally based networks to disseminate information and allow educators to share ideas about what works under different conditions; comprehensive staff development; increase in state investment in resource materials for LEP students; and an initiative by the State Department of Education to bring practitioners together to advance effective programs and services for these students. (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: California; Content Area Teaching