ERIC Number: ED434506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep-24
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Outcomes, Strengths, and Needs of the English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA) Program, 1996-97.
The report summarizes an evaluation of Colorado's English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA) program for 1996-97. ELPA provides partial support for programs for limited-English-proficient elementary and secondary school students for a maximum of 2 years per student. It is noted that while the number of students eligible for the ELPA program has quadrupled from 1981 to 1996, funding was reduced for the 1996-97 school year. The program served 22,255 students during that year, primarily students whose dominant language was not English. About two-thirds of participating students showed a gain in English proficiency test scores. School districts rated themselves on the effectiveness of their programs in English as a Second Language (ESL), bilingual education, tutorial and individual assistance, and other program types. Perceived areas of strength include ESL staffing, student instruction, program management, and individualized instruction. Problems encountered included funding, staffing issues, and the restrictiveness of state requirements. Major recommendations include increasing financial support to teach students English, increasing the student eligibility period, and continuing funding until the student achieves the state-recommended proficiency level. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. School Effectiveness Unit.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado