ERIC Number: EJ1047791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Classifying Language-Minority Students: A Closer Look at Individual Student Data
Okhremtchouk, Irina S.
Bilingual Research Journal, v37 n3 p327-348 2014
This article presents an exploratory case study of site-level classification practices for language-minority students. The study examines individual classification data of 439 language-minority student cases from one California urban school district and two of its schools. The review process involved a thorough examination of data integrity, sources of inconsistencies, and implications. The aim of this work was to deconstruct and decode the unknowns associated with school and district site-level student classification practices to inform language-minority student policy and practice. Results of this study show that classifying language-minority students is particularly problematic, in part due to individual student data management systems at the school site level. This metrical work highlights the effects of how local sites classify their language-minority students and how critical this is for the students subjected to classification as well as policy and practice.
Descriptors: Classification, Case Studies, Language Minorities, Management Systems, Urban Schools, School Districts, Educational Policy, Correlation, Educational Practices, Accountability, Statistical Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Qualitative Research, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California