The task of this chapter to consider how academic achievement in bilingual programs has been measured in the Northern Territory (NT). Particular attention is paid to relevant research projects, critical reviews of the relevant literature, external test results and Department of Education accreditation reports. Although some evidence of program effectiveness is available, it is fairly sparse, and not all of it warrants a high strength rating. Even so, it is not justifiable to claim, as some in positions of authority have done in recent years, that such evidence does not exist. There are datasets available to justify the claim that bilingual education programs can achieve better results and attract higher attendance than English-only approaches in similarly remote NT community schools.
|Title of host publication||History of bilingual education in the Northern Territory|
|Subtitle of host publication||People, programs and policies|
|Editors||Brian Devlin, Samantha Disbray, Nancy Devlin|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|