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ERIC Number: ED465985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Early Indications of English Learners' Reading Achievement in San Diego Public Schools after Implementation of Policy To Comply with "English Only" Law.
Fass-Holmes, Barry; Raines, Robert
This study addresses English learner students' (ELs') reading achievement in San Diego public schools in the years after the passage of the "English only" initiative (Proposition 227). To comply with Proposition 227's requirements, all of California's public school districts administered a newly adopted English-language norm referenced test, Stanford Achievement Test, Level 9 (SAT 9) to large numbers of ELs. The statistical evidence indicated that secondary ELs' scores showed little or no improvement across the 2 years after the school system implemented policies to comply with Proposition 227. Secondary ELs SAT 9 Reading mean scaled scores for both years were only 60 or fewer points below the value corresponding to the 50th national percentile rank. Non-EL students at high socioeconomic schools (SES) answered 5-10 more items correctly than counterparts at low SES while ELs at the high secondary SES performed almost identically to counterparts at the low ones. Findings suggest that compliance with the "English Only" initiative requirements has not benefited secondary ELs' SAT 9 performance. (PM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (San Diego)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Proposition 227 (California 1998)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Achievement Tests