Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Non-Standard English Dialects and the Effect of Supplementary Funding on Educational Achievement

Author(s) Michele Battisti
Mark Campbell
Jane Friesen
Brian Krauth
Volume 35
Number 2
Year 2011
Page(s) 190-197
Language English
Abstract British Columbia provides school districts with supplementary funding to support the language development of students who speak a non-standard English dialect. Many of the students who attract this supplement are Aboriginal. We describe this policy, and record a striking increase in uptake of the funds on behalf of Aboriginal students over the last decade. We describe the results of an evaluation study that measured the effects of supplementary funding on test score gains between grades 4 and 7. The study found that the funding supplement substantially improved the reading scores of the average Aboriginal student.

La Colombie-Britannique offre un financement supplémentaire aux arrondissements scolaires pour favoriser le développement langagier d’élèves parlant un dialecte non courant de l’anglais. Bon nombre d’élèves qui bénéficient de ces fonds sont autochtones. Nous décrivons cette politique et soulignons la croissance remarquable de la part de ces fonds affectés à des Autochtones au cours de la dernière décennie. Nous présentons les résultats d’une étude qui a mesuré l’incidence de ces fonds supplémentaires sur l’amélioration des résultats de la 4e à la 7e années. L’étude révèle que ces fonds ont considérablement amélioré les résultats en lecture de l’élève autochtone moyen.
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