ERIC Number: ED395751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
What Academic Programs Are Offered Most Frequently in Schools Serving American Indian and Alaska Native Students? Issue Brief.
Christenson, Bruce; And Others
This brief summarizes data on the types of academic programs offered in schools serving American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) students. The 1990-91 American Indian and Alaska Native supplement to the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics provides detailed information on schools serving AIAN students. Three distinctive schooling environments for AIAN students were examined: the 149 schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA schools) or by Indian tribes under contract to the BIA (tribal schools), the 1,260 public schools with 25 percent or greater AIAN enrollment (high-AIAN), and the 78,625 public schools with less than 25 percent AIAN enrollment (low-AIAN). BIA/tribal schools serve AIAN students almost exclusively; most are small elementary schools. SASS data indicate that BIA/tribal schools were more likely than public schools to offer Chapter 1, remedial math, and bilingual education programs, and were less likely than public schools to offer academic enrichment programs for gifted and talented students. Bilingual programs, which use the native language to varying degrees in instructing students, were offered in 64 percent of BIA/tribal schools, while 45 percent of BIA/tribal schools reported having English as a second language programs. Among schools serving 12th-graders, BIA/tribal schools and high-AIAN public schools offered college preparatory programs less frequently than did low-AIAN schools. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools; Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)