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ERIC Number: EJ1006683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
English Language Learners' Access to and Attainment in Postsecondary Education
Kanno, Yasuko; Cromley, Jennifer G.
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v47 n1 p89-121 Mar 2013
Although English language learners (ELLs) are currently the fastest-growing group among the school-age population in the United States, there is surprisingly little information on their participation in postsecondary education. Using the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88), a nationally representative sample of eighth graders who were followed for 12 years, we present one of the first national-level examinations of ELLs' access to and degree of attainment in postsecondary education. Our analyses show that ELLs lag far behind both English-proficient linguistic minority students and monolingual English-speaking students in college access and attainment. Only one in eight ELLs in the NELS:88 study earned a bachelor's degree, whereas one in four English-proficient linguistic minority students and one in three monolingual English speakers did. In addition, one in five ELLs was a high school dropout. Subsequent probit regressions reveal that a host of nonlinguistic factors, rather than the ELLs' linguistic background per se, contributed to ELLs' limited postsecondary education access and attainment. (Contains 5 tables and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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