ERIC Number: ED466629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Program Participation and Academic Progress of Second Language Learners: Texas Middle School Update. Policy Research Report.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
This study examined program participation and academic progress of second language learners, following a cohort of Texas public school students from the school years, 1992-93 to 1999-00 as they progressed through the elementary and middle grades. Researchers examined the following: changes in Texas policy related to students with limited English proficiency (LEP) that occurred during this time; demographic characteristics of middle school students once identified as LEP and their non-LEP classmates; special language program participation patterns over time; participation in the assessment program; and progress of cohort students toward passing the grade 10 exit-level test required for graduation. By the time they reached middle school, most Texas LEP students were receiving all of their instruction in the regular, all-English instructional program. Many factors influenced the patterns of special language services students received and the number of years they received those services. There were gaps between LEP and non-LEP students in progress toward meeting the grade 10 exit-level testing requirement. Most LEP students were economically disadvantaged, and performance differences between LEP and non-LEP students reflected, in part, performance differences between students who were economically disadvantaged and students who were not. Among LEP students, there were performance differences by pattern of special language services. (Contains 19 references, 13 tables, and 3 figures.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Policy, English (Second Language), Graduation, Immigrants, Limited English Speaking, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Public Schools, Second Language Learning, Standardized Tests, Student Characteristics, Student Participation
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution, 1701 North Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701-1494 (Publication no. GE02 600 01, $5). Tel: 512-475-3523; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/research/. For full text: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/research/pdfs/prr15.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Texas