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Research related to effective educational policies and practices for language minority students (English language learners).


Recent Language Minority Students Research


Research Item A Return to the "Mexican Room": The Segregation of Arizona's English Learners
Part 3 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. The excessive segregation of Arizona's Latino and EL students is most probably harmful to these students' achievement and social and emotional development and that there are alternative strategies that the state could use to ameliorate these harms and provide a more effective education for these students.
Research Item Do the AZELLA Cut Scores Meet the Standards? A Validation Review of the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment
Part 4 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. This validation study found that cut scores for the AZELLA are of questionable validity.
Research Item Policy in Practice: The Implementation of Structured English Immersion in Arizona
Part 5 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. The implementation of the SEI 4- hour block raises concerns with regard to equal educational opportunity and access to English.
Research Item Is Arizona's Approach to Educating its ELs Superior to Other Forms of Instruction?
Part 6 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. There is no research basis for the court's decision in Horne v. Flores. At best SEI is no better or no worse than other instructional strategies when they are both well implemented and the goal is English acquisition.
Research Item The Education of English Language Learners in Arizona: A Legacy of Persisting Achievement Gaps in a Restrictive Language Policy Climate
Part 8 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. Arizona is on the wrong path for closing achievement gaps for its ELL students and that this is due, at least in part, to its highly restrictive language instruction policies.
Research Item The Arizona Home Language Survey and the Identification of Students for ELL Services
Part 7 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. Analyses of data from two Arizona school districts clearly show that use of a single home language survey question will under-identify ELLs.
Research Item Assessment of Young English Language Learners in Arizona: Questioning the Validity of the State Measure of English Proficiency
Part 9 of the Arizona Educational Equity Project. The present assessment policy is likely denying services ELLs need and violating the rights of these students to an equal educational opportunity.
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