ERIC Number: ED456008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Equal Educational Opportunity for Native American Students in Montana Public Schools.
Montana State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Helena.
The Montana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights examined the extent of equal educational opportunity and educational quality offered to Native American children in Montana public schools. Fact-finding meetings were held in Billings (December 10, 1996) and Missoula (April 24, 1997). Chapter 1 of this report outlines the history of Indian education initiatives in the United States and Montana. Chapters 2-5 summarize perspectives of state and federal agencies; students, teachers, and administrators; tribal leaders and administrators; and organizations and institutions concerned with Indian education. Chapter 6 presents findings and recommendations. The Committee concludes that although the state of Montana has made numerous affirmations concerning Indian education, these have not produced tangible outcomes; therefore, the state has failed to meet its obligation with regard to Indian education. Montana's Indian children drop out of school at a disproportionate rate and have low achievement levels, test scores, graduation rates, and college attendance rates. There are too few Native teachers and administrators, and teachers do not receive adequate training in the teaching of Indian history and culture or in effective strategies for teaching Indian children. Recommendations are offered concerning teacher education, Native teacher recruitment, school-community links, student tracking, curriculum development, state policy implementation, role of tribal governments, and civil rights enforcement. Appendices contain the structure of Montana's executive branch, various policy statements and reports, and American Indian population data. (SV)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, American Indian Education, American Indian Students, Community Attitudes, Educational Assessment, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Organizations (Groups), Outcomes of Education, Public Schools, State Legislation, Student Attitudes
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 624 Ninth Street NW, Washington, DC 20425. Tel: 202-376-8128; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text (minus tables and appendices): http://www.usccr.gov/mtsac/main.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Helena.
Identifiers - Location: Montana