ERIC Number: ED451311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Educating Limited-English-Proficient Students in Washington State.
This study examined data from Washington school districts with approved state programs for limited English proficient (LEP) students during 1999-00. Data came from district annual reports; student information from districts with significant numbers of LEP students; and reviews of research on bilingual and LEP education. Overall, students' academic performance was better when they had significant exposure to instruction in both English and their primary language. Most LEP students received little or no instruction in their primary language. Although most program funding went to staff-related costs, lack of qualified teachers who spoke other languages and the numbers of languages spoken by students within a district limited the possibility of providing adequate bilingual instruction. Many factors influenced amount of time students spent in state LEP programs, including family socioeconomic status, amount of education received before entering the program, and program structure and administration. The number of LEP students continued to grow in 1999-00, although at a slower rate than in 1998-99. Six appendixes present: federal education programs supporting LEP students; languages spoken; length of stay data; districts operating programs for LEP students; summary of research on programs for LEP students; and end-of-year report form, 1999-00. (Contains 62 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Diversity (Student), Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Family Income, Financial Support, Limited English Speaking, Public Education, Socioeconomic Status
Resource Center, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200. Tel: 888-595-3276 (Toll Free); email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.k12.wa.us.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington