Thorough and Fair: Creating Routes to Success for Mexican-American Students

Alicia Sosa

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This monograph describes implications for public schools of rapidly growing populations of Mexican-Americans and other language minorities and recommends ways to eliminate institutional barriers to equity and excellence in education. It presents current information about such issues as dropout rates, reading levels, and participation in advanced mathematics and science courses. It includes a synthesis of research about current trends, including the growth of this population, changes in immigration patterns, and changes in the segregation of this population. Chapter 1 describes Mexican-Americans and other language-minority groups in terms of levels of educational attainment, cultural and language diversity, and population trends and projections. Chapters 2-4 address personal, instructional, and school factors important for the success of language-minority students and examine trends and issues in bilingual education. Chapter 5 discusses ways to create school systems that support instruction of language-minority students including: (1) knowing student rights; (2) imparting high expectations; (3) ensuring appropriate student placement; (4) working to reduce the achievement gap; (5) taking an advocacy position in testing and grade retention; (6) improving staff development and minority teacher recruitment; and (7) involving parents in meaningful activities. Chapter 6 covers policy recommendations that include disaggregating student data, demonstrating commitment to uphold civil-rights laws, pursuing excellence and equity (not simply compliance), identifying a top-level administrator as an equity advocate, and joining the equity network. Desegregation assistance centers and other organizations providing information about educational equity are listed. Contains 99 references. 

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Alicia Sosa. Thorough and Fair: Creating Routes to Success for Mexican-American Students (1993). ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools:  ,  . (64 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement

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(Available online, click on full text button. Also available for $10.00 from: Intercultural Development Research Association, Phone: (210) 444-1710, http://www.idra.org/ )

ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools
Closed 12/31/2003
 

URL: http://eric.ed.gov

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