ERIC Number: ED484831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
English Learners in California Schools
Jepsen, Christopher; de Alth, Shelley
Public Policy Institute of California
In this report, Christopher Jepsen and Shelley de Alth conclude that there are numerous obstacles to students being reclassified from English learners to Fluent English Proficient. To start with, over 50 languages are spoken in California's public schools. Although 85 percent of English learners speak Spanish as their first language, the sheer number of other languages complicates matters for specific students and teachers in any given setting. Add to this the mobility of families and movement in and out of schools, and the tendency of many students to drop out of school increases with grade level.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Classification, Limited English Speaking, Educational Policy, Federal Legislation, Language Fluency, Student Characteristics, Institutional Characteristics, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Policy Inst. of California, San Francisco.
IES Cited: ED560752; ED546480