ERIC Number: EJ1086395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
The Impact of Educational Policy on English Learners in a Rural Indiana School Corporation
Burke, April M.
Mid-Western Educational Researcher, v27 n4 p317-338 2015
Indiana English learners (ELs) constitute a rapidly growing portion of the state's school-aged population, and those classified as limited English proficient are low performers on the state test. The purpose of this embedded mixed methods study was to understand how school personnel respond to accountability mandates, interpret test scores, and make decisions on behalf of ELs. Interviews were conducted with four administrators and three EL teachers from a rural Indiana school corporation (i.e., school district) with one of the state's largest EL populations. In addition, four years of student test scores from the corporation were analyzed. Findings indicate that in response to accountability mandates, school personnel implemented numerous changes, including working together to collectively analyze student test scores and ending sheltered English instruction in two schools. This study illustrates the importance of examining both student test scores and the experiences of educational professionals to understand the intended and unintended results of educational policies.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Rural Schools, Educational Policy, Mixed Methods Research, Accountability, School Personnel, Interviews, Principals, Scores, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Indicators, Federal Programs, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Teachers, School Districts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; No Child Left Behind Act 2001