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This guide provides Vermont school districts with resources for offering equal education to limited-English-proficient students. It is organized according to a series of legal obligations to this population. The first four sections outline education-related rights and obligations, provide background information on second language acquisition and cultural diversity, discuss program planning and development for this population, and outline recommended steps for the school district to follow in serving students of English as a Second Language (ESL). Support and administrative materials are appended to each of these sections. The five subsequent sections detail those steps: (1) identification of non-English-language-background (NELB) students, both enrollees and previously-enrolled students; (2) screening of NELB students; (3) Initial assessment of NELB students for placement; (4) placement and provision of appropriate services; and (5) monitoring and guiding student progress and program effectiveness. Resource materials or sources are provided for each step. (MSE)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Education, Ancillary School Services, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Identification, Limited English Speaking, Multicultural Education, Professional Associations, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Public Policy, Pupil Personnel Services, Screening Tests, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Student Placement, Teacher Education, Vocational Education

Author: McCobb, James L.


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