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Valdés, Guadalupe – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
Controversy surrounding the role of non-English languages in American education has a long history. In the 100 years in which the American Educational Research Association (AERA) has been in existence, two Supreme Court decisions have addressed this issue ("Meyer v. Nebraska," 1923, and "Lau v. Nichols," 1974); federal…
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Bilingual Education, Immersion Programs, Academic Achievement
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Hakuta, Kenji – American Educational Research Journal, 2017
The article is a commentary on "Evaluating English Learner Reclassification Policy Effects across Districts," by Joseph R. Cimpian, Karen D. Thompson, and Martha B. Makowski, which is a wonderful display of the power of combining current analytic methods, present-day educational data sets, practitioner-researcher collaborative…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation
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Kanno, Yasuko; Kangas, Sara E. N. – American Educational Research Journal, 2014
Advancement to postsecondary education for English language learners (ELLs) can be seriously constrained by a lack of academic preparation during high school. Currently, ELLs lag behind their non-ELL peers in their level of access to advanced college-preparatory courses. Through a qualitative case study of ELL education at a large public high…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, College Preparation, Advanced Placement Programs, Advanced Courses
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Slama, Rachel B. – American Educational Research Journal, 2014
Using eight waves of longitudinal data on a statewide kindergarten cohort of English learners (ELs), I examined ELs' tenure in language-learning programs and their academic performance following reclassification as fluent English proficient. I employed discrete-time survival analysis to estimate the average time to and grade of reclassification…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Cohort Analysis, Longitudinal Studies, English (Second Language)
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Welner, Kevin G. – American Educational Research Journal, 2012
Courts, students are told, will protect minorities' legal rights against popular sentiment and political pressure. But courts can be expected to protect rights only within boundaries shaped in part by popular and political opinion. This suggests that litigation outcomes regarding education rights issues will depend on shifting the policymaking…
Descriptors: Political Science, Courts, Court Litigation, Decision Making