How Testing and Placement Policies Affect Language Minority Students in CA Community Colleges

Date: 
Friday, March 26, 2010 - 11:30am

The podcast of our March 26 seminar “How Testing and Placement Policies Affect Language Minority Students in CA Community Colleges,” is now available online. The speaker was George Bunch, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Community colleges represent the first point of access to public higher education for many language-minority students who have attended California high schools. Yet these students face a number of language-related challenges that present potential barriers to completing their academic goals. Meanwhile, community colleges struggle to meet the needs of these “Generation 1.5” students, who do not fit the linguistic profiles of monolingual English-speakers in developmental English courses nor of more recent immigrants and international students in ESL programs. Bunch presents his recent research “mapping the terrain” of language testing and placement policies and practices at 25 California community colleges, and discusses implications for policy at the state, system, and college levels. The speaker was introduced by PACE Executive Director David N. Plank.

To view the slides associated with this seminar, click here (requires Adobe Acrobat)

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