ERIC Number: ED201200
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Children's English and Services Study: A Methodological Review.
Dubois, David D.
The Children's English and Services Study was a project designed to assess the bilingual education needs of limited English speaking children in the United States. The submission of a draft final report prompted the present report from the sponsoring organization, in which various methodological procedures are questioned and recommendations are made for the revision of the final report. The three analytical issues involved are: (1) were the items selected for inclusion in the Language Measurement and Assessment Inventory (LM&AI) selected properly? (2) were the cutoff scores for the LM&AI, which were determined and used to classify children as either English proficient or of limited English proficiency (LEP), set properly? and (3) what were the effects of non-response bias on the counts and estimates of the number of LEP children? With regard to (1), it is recommended that certain caveats be set forth in the final report. Criteria are introduced that, with respect to (2), actually revise the figures regarding the number of LEP children. Further investigations of nonresponse bias were found not to be warranted. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (DHEW), Washington, DC.