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Document Number: 7142

National Indian Education Study, Part II: The Educational Experiences of Fourth- and Eighth-Grade American Indian and Alaska Native Students - This report presents results from a national survey, conducted in 2005, that examined the educational experiences of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in 4th and 8th grades, with particular emphasis on the integration of native language and culture into school and classroom activities. Findings are presented in four broad areas: characteristics of AI/AN students, their schools, their teachers and their curriculum. Selected findings include: (1) more than one-half of AI/AN students were located in the mountain or south central regions of the country; (2) 37% of 4th grade AI/AN students and 38% of 8th grade AI/AN students attended schools where they had access to some sort of instruction in their own native languages; and (3) about 90% of AI/AN students in 4th grade and about 80% of AI/AN students in 8th grade had teachers who reported using state content standards “a lot” in planning mathematics and reading/language arts lessons. (Frances B. Stancavage, Julia H. Mitchell, Victor Bandeira de Mello, Freya E. Gaertner, Angeline K. Spain and Michelle L. Rahal, National Center for Education Statistics, October 2006) ...

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