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This is an ongoing series of reports from short-term Fast Response Projects conducted by the regional educational laboratories on current education issues of importance at local, state, and regional levels.

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Regional Educational Laboratory - Appalachia

REL ReportRegistering Students From Language Backgrounds Other Than English
Issues & Answers
REL 2007-No. 025
Regional Educational Laboratory at CNA Corporation

Prepared by Nicole Marcus, Carolyn Temple Adger, & Igone Arteagoitia, Center for Applied Linguistics 2007

Institute of Education Sciences
U.S. Department of Education

This report addresses an ongoing challenge in tracking student data: recording names of students to accommodate contrasting naming patterns in other cultures. The report seeks to alert administrators, school staff, and database managers to the contrasts in the naming systems of other cultures to help identify students consistently in school databases, and to address students and their family members appropriately.

The report has two sections. The first provides an overview of the issues that staff face in registering student names and the options for addressing them. The second is a technical guide of naming conventions for the eight most common languages in Appalachia, including relevant resources for each language. Sources used in the report are summarized in an appendix.

The report is available on the Regional Educational Laboratory Web site.

This report was prepared for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) under Contract ED-06-CO-0021 by Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia administered by CNA Corporation.