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ERIC Number: ED366231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Pages: 92
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Limited English Proficiency: A Growing and Costly Educational Challenge Facing Many School Districts. Report to the Chairman, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate.
In preparation for reauthorization of federal elementary and secondary education programs, a study was undertaken to determine how schools are educating the growing limited-English-proficient (LEP) population. Issues studied include: (1) characteristics of this population, nationally and in selected districts, and the challenges faced by school districts in educating them; (2) the ways that districts with linguistically diverse LEP students address the challenges; (3) promising approaches to use when linguistic diversity makes native language instruction difficult; and (4) the extent to which federal programs targeting this population provide the kinds of support districts need to implement programs. The report of the study, presented here, consists of a letter summarizing the findings and a number of appendixes. Appended materials include brief descriptions of educational strategies for instructing LEP students; a list of language spoken by LEP students in five districts to which site visits were made in 1991-92; comments on the study from the U.S. Department of Education; more detailed information on student numbers and characteristics, program designs, promising non-bilingual instructional approaches, and key federal programs; data on the students and programs in the five districts visited; and notes on the scope and methodology of census data analysis. Contains 14 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Site Visits