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Project Title:

Review of Alternative Data Sources for the Limited-English Proficiency Allocation Formula under Title III, Part A, Elementary and Secondary Education Act
PIN: CNST-I-08-08-A        

Major Unit:

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics

RSO: Plewes, Tom

Subject/Focus Area:

Project Scope
Project Scope
An ad hoc panel will review alternative data sources for use in formula grants to states to ensure that limited-English proficient (LEP) children and youth attain English-language proficiency under Title III, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The formula includes two components: LEP children and youth and recent immigrant children and youth. The panel will evaluate the two currently allowable sources of estimates of each component—those from the American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and those from the results of state tests on English proficiency or state records of immigrants. In evaluating the two sources for each component, the panel will consider the accuracy and precision of estimates derived from each; what methodological, demographic, and other factors influence the estimates from each source; and what statistical or data collection methods might increase the accuracy and precision of the estimates used in Title III allocations. In evaluating the ACS data, the panel will review not only the questions that are used to indicate limited-English proficiency and immigrant status (in particular, their accuracy), but also the literature to determine the experience of other household surveys in reporting of these items that may suggest research and development to improve their reporting on the ACS. In evaluating state tests of English proficiency, the panel will make a comprehensive assessment of the quality and comparability of such tests among states. Finally, the panel will determine if there are other data sources or methods that might be preferable to the two permitted by statute. On the basis of its information-gathering activities, the panel will deliberate, make recommendations, and publish these recommendations along with supporting findings as an independent NRC report at the conclusion of its study.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education
The approximate start date for the project is 09/01/2008.
A report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 24 months.

Note (04-10-2009): The project scope has been revised and the updated version is as shown above. The project duration has been extended from 18 to 24 months.

Update (07-02-2010): The report is expected to be issued by the end of 2010.

Project Duration: 24 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 04/29/2009
 Meeting 2 - 06/15/2009
 Meeting 3 - 10/22/2009
 Meeting 4 - 01/14/2010
 Meeting 5 - 06/07/2010


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Allocating Federal Funds for State Programs for English Language Learners