New report--Successful Bilingual Schools: Six Effective Programs in California

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Sat Nov 4 16:15:10 UTC 2006

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       UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute

           Successful Bilingual Schools: Six Effective Programs in California

            The purpose of this study was to identify schools with
successful bilingual education programs, and to document their success. It
is not a comparative study, and was not intended to support or refute
competing claims about the relative effectiveness of bilingual education
compared to other approaches. Instead, the goal was to illustrate that
bilingual schools are capable of providing opportunities for students to
achieve and sustain high levels of academic excellence even when faced
with challenges such as poverty and a lack of students' English
proficiency upon entering school.

            The report contains six case studies. Each describes the
bilingual program of a successful elementary school in California. Located
in San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, all schools enrolled large
numbers of Spanish speaking English learners. The case studies were
prepared over a two-year period. Achievement data was taken from state and
local databases, and information was gathered from telephone interviews
with principals and brief site visits. The studies describe each school
and summarize demographic and achievement data. General analysis
identified key implementation strategies and notable instructional and
organizational features, including elements of leadership, the climate of
accountability, teacher qualifications and professional development. Each
school profile was compared to a summary of key organizational and
instructional features identified by the research as contributing to
school success.

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