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Data from the National Center for Education Statistics' 1993-94 annual Schools and Staffing Survey concerning the training of teachers of limited-English-proficient (LEP) students are summarized. LEP training was defined to include both pre-service and in-service training. In 1993-94, United States public schools enrolled over 2.1 million LEP students, with considerable variation by state and region. Teachers in areas with large proportions of LEP students were more likely to have LEP training. Over 12 percent of all students in the West were LEP, and nearly half their teachers had LEP training. Under 2 percent of Midwest students are LEP, with about 12 percent of teachers LEP trained. A similar pattern was found at the classroom level. However, in classes with low percentages of LEP students, English teachers were more likely than other core teachers to have LEP training. These patterns suggest that effort is being made to accommodate the needs of LEP students, as mandated by law. Research on the nature, extent, and quality of LEP training is recommended. Contains nine references. (MSE)

Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Enrollment Rate, Geographic Distribution, Limited English Speaking, National Surveys, Public Schools, Regional Characteristics, Student Needs, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications











Author: McCandless, Elise; And Others

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12503&id=ED401769







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