ERIC Number: ED394283
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Bilingual Education: Focusing Policy on Student Achievement.
Halford, Joan Montgomery
Inforbrief, Mar 96
A discussion of public policy concerning bilingual education looks at why and how policy should be re-focused on helping Limited English Proficient (LEP) students make academic gains. It first examines some characteristics of the highly diverse and rapidly growing LEP population, including varied academic background, tendency to reside in small enclaves, and need for native language support. Some trends and issues in the education of this group are then noted: increased development of content area programs combined with English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction and native language instruction; shortage of qualified teachers and professional development opportunities; high student mobility; costs; and political concerns, including lack of documentation of immigrants. The history of bilingual education is chronicled briefly, and implications of the increasingly multilingual nature of the LEP population are discussed. The role of research in informing policy is also considered. It is concluded that policy needs to be re-formed to emphasize LEP student achievement. (Contains 21 references and a list of bilingual education resources.) (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Educational Policy, Limited English Speaking, Native Language Instruction, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Second Language Instruction
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; 1250 North Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Stock No. 1-95250, $1 and S.A.S.E. per copy; volume discounts).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.