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ERIC Number: EJ880614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3737
Academic Achievement and Course Taking among Language Minority Youth in U.S. Schools: Effects of ESL Placement
Callahan, Rebecca; Wilkinson, Lindsey; Muller, Chandra
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, v32 n1 p84-117 2010
English as a second language (ESL) is meant to provide a meaningful education for students learning English (ELLs); however, its effects remain largely unexplored. Using longitudinal, nationally representative data from the Educational Longitudinal Study, the authors estimate the effects of ESL placement on language minority (LM) adolescents' college preparation and academic achievement. Findings indicate that LM students who most closely fit the EL profile (recent immigrant, relatively low English proficiency) experience positive math outcomes and null effects in other academic areas; however, LM students who fit this profile less well experience negative effects. Results suggest that although ESL placement may benefit students most in need and for a limited time after arrival, considerable caution is advised in students' placement and retention in ESL. (Contains 5 tables and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED560752; ED546480