ERIC Number: ED415642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, Spanish-Speaking and Vietnamese Parents and Students Speak Out on Minnesota's Basic Standards Tests. State Assessment Series: Minnesota, Report 12.
Quest, Carol; Liu, Kristin; Thurlow, Martha
This report describes the findings of 10 focus group meetings that discussed issues related to the performance of students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) on Minnesota's Basic Standards Exams. Ten groups were formed, with one group of parents and one of students representing each of the following language communities: Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, Spanish, and Vietnamese. During the meetings, participants were asked what they knew about Minnesota's graduation tests, their thoughts about testing options for students with LEP, concerns they had, good ways to communicate with parents about school matters, and what parents can do to help their children be successful on tests and in school. Findings from the focus groups are that: (1) most parents and students favored Basic Standards testing as a part of high school graduation requirements; (2) there was confusion over the various testing programs being conducted in schools; (3) participants in both groups were unaware that there are some special options available for students with LEP, including extra time, separate settings, written translations, audiotapes, and different scoring options; and (4) there is a need for early communication with parents to help them prepare their students for the tests. Recommendations for communication about graduation standards are provided. (CR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Focus Groups, Graduation Requirements, High Schools, Information Needs, Language Minorities, Limited English Speaking, Minimum Competency Testing, Outcomes of Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, State Programs, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Testing Accommodations, Testing Problems
National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota, 350 Elliott Hall, 75 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455; phone: 612-626-1530; fax: 612-624-0879; World Wide Web: http://www.coled.umn.edu/NCEO (document may be copied without charge, additional print copies, $8).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.; Minnesota State Dept. of Children, Families, and Learning, St. Paul.