ERIC Number: ED273151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Competency Testing for Limited-English-Proficient Students.
Gold, Norman C.
The competency testing movement will yield few improvements in the schools and will create arbitrary barriers to progress for some students. Although it may stimulate educational improvement for limited-English-proficient (LEP) students, as for other students, by giving cohesion to the curriculum, guiding scarce resources for remediation, motivating teachers, students, and parents to higher standards of performance, and increasing accountability, it also presents major problems for LEP students. Increased course requirements, greater reliance on tests in English, and higher expectations of skills demonstrated only through English may lead to greater alientation from school, more dropouts, and inadequate development in either academic or vocational skills in this population. The achievement gap between minority and nonminority students may widen rather than narrow. Minority language students should be assured of genuine opportunities to build skills for future success. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: English Language Development. Proceedings of a Conference on Issues in English Language Development for Minority Language Education (Arlington, VA, July 24, 1985); see FL 015 974.