ERIC Number: ED209367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
A Descriptive Summary of the Characteristics of Bilingual Students and Programs in Seattle, 1976-1980. Report No. 81-1.
Matthews, Tom; Fong, Susan
This is a descriptive summary of the characteristics of bilingual students and programs in Seattle, Washington for 1976-1980. The first section presents information on Seattle's students from non-English language backgrounds in regard to their English fluency, language group membership, family income, residential patterns, and by their attrition from lower categories of English fluency. In the second section a detailed description of the instructional services provided to bilingual students is found. This section outlines the structure, operation, and components of Seattle's bilingual programs which include program development, instructional methods, staff development, funding, and Lau compliance service status. The last section discusses the following issues of particular concern to school district planners in the future implementation of special language programs: (1) growth of the bilingual population; (2) entrance and exit criteria for students; (3) need for a comprehensive approach to program evaluation; and (4) problems with funding. Appendices contain a summary of Seattle's Lau Compliance Plan, detailed data and descriptors used in this report, and achievement characteristics of those students in lower English fluency categories. (APM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seattle Public Schools, WA. Dept. of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Lau v Nichols