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ERIC Number: EJ759632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
ESL Programs and LEP Students: A Comparison of Public and Private Schools along the Wasatch Front
Roberts, Tamee; Brunner, Jeremy D.; Bills, Shawn D.
Multicultural Education, v13 n3 p27-32 Spr 2006
The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of Utah public and private school English as Second Language (ESL) programs in meeting the needs of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. The hypothesis was that public schools were more effective in meeting the educational needs of LEP students than private schools. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to understand the effectiveness of schools at meeting the educational needs of LEP students. The sample consisted of administrators from 100 schools, 42 public schools and 58 private schools, along the Wasatch Front. Two surveys were created, one for private schools and one for public schools. Out of all the schools, only three schools thought that private schools were better equipped to meet the needs of LEP students. These findings show that the perception is that public schools are equally equipped or are better equipped to help LEP students. Most administrators also thought that their ESL coordinators were well qualified to help LEP students. Five administrators disagreed. The study recommends the following: (1) Further research must be done in this area; (2) Public school district leaders might conduct a survey of their own to ask their school administrators specific questions about funding, personnel, and qualified coordinators; and (3) Private schools should become more aware of the needs of LEP students in their areas. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Utah