Differences in Postsecondary Readiness for Texas Students as a Function of Bilingual Education Services (pp. 345-360)
Authors: Joseph Rodriguez and John R. Slate
Abstract: Examined in this study was the postsecondary readiness of English Language Learners as a function of bilingual education services in Texas public high schools. The postsecondary readiness variables that were analyzed were from the 2014 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness in Reading, Mathematics, and in two or more subjects. Archival data were obtained from the Texas Education Agency Texas Academic Performance Report. Students who received bilingual education services were statistically significantly better prepared for the rigors of college academics in Reading and Mathematics and in both subjects than those students who did not receive bilingual education services. Cause for concern was evident with very low percentages of English Language Learners who were college ready, regardless of whether or not they had received bilingual education services. Implications of the findings are discussed and suggestions for further research are made.