This handbook for counselors provides helpful information about scheduling, placement, graduation and career pathways for secondary refugee students and was made available through a Refugee School Impact Grant from the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
A Guide for the Placement of Students Presenting Foreign Transcripts. District School Board of Pasco County 33 page s . 2007. English . http://shelbycearley.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/a-guide-for-the-placement-of-students-presenting-foreign-transcripts.pdf
The purpose of this guide is to provide teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors with a reference source for interpreting the transcripts presented by students who have been educated in a system outside of the United States. In order to appropriately place students in the grade and program of study commensurate with their prior educational experiences, a clear understanding of how other nations organize their school systems is essential.
Cultural Portraits: A Synoptic Guide (1st ed). Palls, Byron P. 88 page s . 2008. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
This book provides brief cultural information on about 72 countries. Of particular interest to educators is the “Educational Profiles” section, which contains information on the educational systems of each country. This includes the age of compulsory education, a description of primary and secondary education stages, the grading system, and more.
Cultural Portraits: A Synoptic Guide (2nd edition). Palls, Byron P 337 page s . January 2010. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
This book provides brief cultural information on 80 countries. Eight new countries have been highlighted in this edition, including Bhutan, Burma, and Burundi. Of particular interest to educators is the “Educational Profiles” section, which contains information on the educational systems of each country. Besides the information included in the first edition (age of compulsory education, a description of primary and secondary education stages, the grading system, etc.) this second edition includes scales of suggested grade equivalents for each country as well as “transcript vocabulary” in a number of languages.
This Web site provides information for international students who are thinking about pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or professional education in the United States.
One of the things it provides is a list of Credential Evaluation Services. Some of the companies listed evaluate high school transcripts and may be useful to high school guidance counselors.
Evaluating Foreign Transcripts: The A-Z Manual. Office of Youth Development and School-Community Services 162 page s . 2006. English . http://www.uft.org/files/attachments/evaluating-foreign-transcripts.pdf
"This manual, a reference tool for High School Principals and counselors, includes guidelines and additional resources for assisting school staff members with evaluation of foreign transcripts." - Publisher's description
Guidance Regarding Transfer Credits of International Students. Indiana Department of Education 1 page . 2009. English . http://www.doe.in.gov/lmmp/pdf/Transfer_Credit_Guidance.pdf
This brief document provides guidance from the Indiana Department of Education on how to award credits to international students.
International Transcript: Parent's Report of Classes Taken. Dekalb County Schools 1 page . 2010. English . http://www.brycs.org/documents/upload/Dekalb_Parent_Report.pdf
Dekalb County Schools created this form to "rebuild" the transcripts of foreign-born students (often refugees) who come without transcripts.
Understanding Your International Students: An Educational, Cultural, and Linguistic Guide. Flaitz, Jeffra 211 page s . 2003. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
This book provides background information on sixteen countries where many newcomer students are from. Each country profile includes information on the culture and educational system, including topics such as teaching style, learning style, instructional setting, discipline and class management, and the teacher-student relationship. The companion guide is Understanding Your Refugee and Immigrant Students, which covers different countries.
Understanding Your Refugee and Immigrant Students: An Educational, Cultural, and Linguistic Guide. Flaitz, Jeffra 320 page s . 2006. English This resource may be free from your local library or purchased from the publisher.
Understanding Your Refugee and Immigrant Students is an excellent resource for educators who work with refugees and immigrants. This well-researched volume-including interviews with students from the profiled countries-provides a wealth of information about the specific schooling traditions, practices, circumstances, and expectations that follow these individuals to their new homes in North America and influence their learning experience. The author has focused her research on 18 countries that contribute a majority of refugees and immigrants to the United States: Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Laos, Liberia, Peru, Somalia, Sudan, and the Ukraine. Each country profile features: statistics about the country, a historical synopsis, an overview of the county's official education policy, cultural perspectives, and a problem-solution section containing classroom strategies. The linguistic systems of the languages featured are also included for teacher reference. Also included is information about teacher-student relationships, discipline and class management, and appropriate non-verbal communication. This volume provides invaluable insight into refugee and immigrant students' cultural and educational backgrounds and gives instructors the tools to translate this information into effective classroom strategies. - Publisher's description
This Web site provides educational profiles by country (including detailed information on elementary, secondary, and higher education) and an International Grade Conversion Guide for higher education.
World Education Services also evaluates higher education academic transcripts for a fee (note: they do not evaluate high school transcripts).