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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 The Students We Share: A Binational Conference
Conference agenda for the 2010 The Students We Share - A Binational conference.
Research Item Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies
Increasingly, the academic achievement of English language Learners (ELLs) is affecting the academic achievement of American students as a whole Book: Forbidden Languages
Research Item The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies
The challenges that face Latino students threaten to undermine the academic accomplishments and economic prospects of the U.S. as a whole. This book examines the educational landscape for Latino students, looks at policies that have failed to support Latino families, and suggests specific policies that can address these problems.
Research Item Proposition 227 in California: A Long-Term Appraisal of Its Impact on Language Minority Student Achievement
For almost ten years now, school districts and more importantly English learners have felt the impact of Prop 227’s policy change. A number of research reports have attempted to analyze the impact of Prop 227 with varying methods and findings. In most cases, the reports relied on achievement data that straddled three different standardized tests, the Stanford-9 Achievement Test (SAT-9), the California Achievement Tests, Sixth Edition Survey (CAT-6), and the California Standards Test (CST). This study uses five years of CST data to examine Prop 227’s impact on English learner achievement.
Research Item The Dropout Crisis in the Northwest: Confronting the Graduation Rate Crisis in All Communities with Special Focus on American Indian and Alaska Native Students
On May 30, 2008, The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles organized its seventh conference calling attention to our nation's graduation and dropout crisis. "The Dropout Crisis in the Northwest: Confronting the Graduation Rate Crisis in All Communities with Special Focus on American Indian and Alaskan Native Students" was held for the first time in the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington in Seattle. The purpose of the conference was to galvanize regional and local efforts to confront the school dropout crisis and to generate an ongoing national conversation about the policy changes needed in order for schools and communities to ensure that every student receives the educational opportunities leading to successful high school graduation and beyond.
Research Item Resource Needs for English Learners: Getting Down to Policy Recommendations
This resource guide sets the foundation of English Learners in California and identifies seven factors that manifest an inferior education for this population of students. Relevant policy recommendations discuss a variety of factors from funding, accountability, infrastructure and teacher training and development.
Research Item Alternative Instructional Models of Effective Bilingual Education
There are ongoing educational and political debates about the best ways of assuring that EL students succeed academically and that they acquire basic academic as well as conversational English and grade-level appropriate literacy skills. An important shift in this debate around the education of EL students is from a singular focus on the question, “Should students be instructed in English or Spanish?” to a focus on “What is the optimal instructional environment?” In many ways, this shift reflects a broader national concern with instructional quality and student outcomes. Yet there is not widespread agreement about which approaches are best with which learners or whether there are multiple approaches that can achieve acceptable student outcomes. Educators and policymakers have a pressing need for guidance in determining which approaches are effective with which students (Goldenberg, 2006), guidance that requires a systematic examination of programs that have had success in educating EL students and the factors make them successful in a specific local context.
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