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ERIC Number: ED533437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 86
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
The Inequitable Treatment of English Learners in California's Public Schools. Working Paper 2003-01
Gandara, Patricia; Rumberger, Russell
University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute
In California, the state is responsible for ensuring equality of educational opportunity for all of its students. Yet, with respect to English learners, the state has largely failed even to assess the conditions of education for these students. It has not adequately monitored their educational opportunities in terms of access to critical resources such as qualified teachers, appropriate instructional materials, coursework, and learning environments. In this study we first examine the achievement gap for English learners in California. Second, we review evidence in seven areas in which these students receive a substantially inequitable education vis-a-vis their English-speaking peers, even when those peers are similarly economically disadvantaged. Third, we examine the failure of the state to monitor, prevent and correct substandard EL learning conditions. Finally, we discuss some possible ways for the state to equalize the opportunities for this significant sub-population of students. (Contains 6 figures, 22 tables and 36 footnotes.)
University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute. 4722 South Hall MC 3220, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3220. Tel: 805-893-2250; Fax: 805-893-8673; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute (UC LMRI)
Identifiers - Location: California