ERIC Number: ED440535
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Limited English Proficient Students' Participation and Performance on Statewide Assessments: Minnesota Basic Standards Reading and Math, 1996-1998. Minnesota Report.
Liu, Kristin; Thurlow, Martha
This report provides an analysis of the participation and performance of students with limited English proficiency (LEP) in the 1996, 1997, and 1998 Basic Standards of Reading and Math tests given to all 8th grade students in Minnesota annually. There is very limited availability of data on the performance of LEP students on these tests because they are exempt from such tests in all but six states. The few states that do report such data report it in a variety of noncomparable ways, making serious longitudinal studies difficult if not impossible. If the goal of the current educational reform movement is for all students to reach the standards set by the state in which they reside, more data about how LEP students are progressing toward this goal needs to be generated and made available. The purpose of this report is to begin this type of systematic and thorough examination of academic progress of LEP students. Minnesota initiated its statewide assessment in 1996 with the goal of including as many LEP students as possible. Thus far, the participation of LEP students in basic standards testing is high; patterns in the data are similar for "all students" and LEP students in many areas, but passing rates for LEP students are generally significantly lower, especially in reading; more than the 3 years of longitudinal data presented in this report are needed to draw more defensible conclusions. (KFT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Achievement Tests, English (Second Language), Grade 8, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Language Minorities, Language Proficiency, Limited English Speaking, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests, Reading Achievement, Reading Tests, Refugees, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Spanish Speaking, State Standards
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center on Educational Outcomes, Minneapolis, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota