ERIC Number: ED395066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Search for Success: Effective Programs for Limited English Proficient Students in Fifteen California Secondary Schools.
Multicultural Education, Training and Advocacy (META), Inc., San Francisco, CA.
This report examines several aspects of secondary education programs for students of limited English proficiency (LEP) in 15 California schools and identifies educational practices and policies that are successfully meeting the needs of LEP students in these schools. Most sites used a similar program design, with one or two periods daily of English language development, content classes taught through the primary language for beginning English learners, sheltered instruction for intermediate students, and elective courses through the mainstream program. The range of access to curriculum and teacher expertise differed among these schools. Overall findings indicate that schools in many different types of communities are able to implement and sustain good quality LEP programs, in spite of differing access to the full curriculum. Access to all courses and programs was a problem to some degree for every school, but those that offered the fullest access found ways to train adequate numbers of teachers. The best programs found ways to meet challenges and appeared to have the most support at the school district level. Good teacher relations and appropriate evaluation were keys to program success, as was ongoing attention to improvement. Three appendixes provide advice about establishing or improving LEP programs, good practice examples from project schools, and recommendations for program development. (Contains 26 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Bilingual Education, Curriculum, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods, High Schools, Limited English Speaking, Mainstreaming, Minority Groups, Program Effectiveness, School Districts, Teacher Education, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Multicultural Education, Training and Advocacy (META), Inc., San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California