A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n


Helping Hispanic Students Reach High Academic Standards is part of a series of Idea Books developed and disseminated under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education. The Idea Book series is designed to help schools and communities work together to strengthen education so that all students have the opportunity to achieve high academic standards.

In completing this Idea Book, we benefited greatly from the ideas and insights of numerous teachers, principals, state and local education agency representatives, technical assistance providers, and program providers. These and others generously answered our questions, described their experiences, and directed us to other outstanding examples of high-quality education for Hispanic students. We are grateful to all these people for their help.

We wish to express special appreciation for the help we received throughout the project from our talented PSA colleagues. Lisa Weiner, Mary Leighton, and Janie Funkhouser were the main writers. Jill Bangser, Juan Espino, Jill Frankfort, Miriam Gonzales, Derek Riley, Dwayne Smith, Jenny Suh, and Karen Walking Eagle conducted much of the research needed to write the book. Ben Lagueruela and Kim Thomas wordprocessed and formatted the volume.

Dr. Margarita Calderón provided expert advice and commentary on the Idea Book.

At the U.S. Department of Education, Robin Chait and Heidi Ramirez provided valuable support and advice throughout all stages of the project.

Lisa Weiner, Study Director
Policy Studies Associates, Inc.
Washington, D.C.
September 2000


Table of Contents

[Chapter 1: Helping Hispanic Students Reach High Academic Standards: An Idea Book]