Best Evidence: Research Foundations of the Bilingual Education Act.
National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
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This report reviews the literature on the education of language minority students in the U.S. in light of the Improving America's Schools Act. Evidence for the foundations of the Bilingual Education Act is examined and evaluated. This document is designed to serve as a resource and reference guide to current research findings about the education of language minority students in this country and the basic premises upon which the Congress formulated the foundations of the Bilingual Education act of 1994. The material is organized according to the Congressional findings on the Bilingual Education Act, and includes discussions of truth and myth related to language diversity in the U.S.; the relationship between limited English skills, poverty and education; challenges for limited English proficient (LEP) students; special status of Native Americans; teacher training and the role of higher education; Title VII instructional programs; promoting high standards and bilingual skills; need for language resources; educational technology and LEP students; parent involvement; improving research, evaluation and data collection; goals of the Title VII program; and Title VII and equal opportunity. (jpb)