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Title:  Academic achievement and classification of students from the Freely Associated States in Guam schools
Description: This report from Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific examines academic achievement, English language learner, and special education classification rates for students from the Freely Associated States (FAS) as compared to other students in Guam. To compare FAS and non-FAS academic achievement and English language learner and special education classification rates, REL Pacific used information about students who took the Stanford Achievement Test, 10th edition (SAT-10) exams during the 2013/14 school year, the only available dataset that included all variables of interest: performance outcomes, ethnicity, and program classification in Guam schools. The study found that more than 21.0 percent of test takers had an FAS ethnicity, and while few test takers scored at proficient or advanced levels on the SAT-10 sub-tests, FAS students were less likely than non-FAS students to receive a proficient or advanced score across all subtests. In addition, 85 percent of FAS test takers were classified as English learner students, compared to 59.5 percent of non-FAS test takers. However, the percentage of test takers classified as special education was lower for FAS students (4.2 percent) than for non-FAS students (5.8 percent).
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Cover Date: March 2017
Web Release: March 16, 2017
Publication #: REL 2017260
Center/Program: REL
Associated Centers: NCEE
Authors: Joshua Stewart, Katie Stringer, Sheila A. Arens: McREL International; Louis F. Cicchinelli: Cicchinelli Consulting, Ltd.; Heidi San Nicolas, Nieves Flores: University of Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental, Disabilities Education, Research, and Service
Type of Product: What's Happening
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Amy Johnson.