ERIC Number: ED038471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Expanded Language Arts, Buffalo, New York. Secondary Program in Compensatory Education, 4.
American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
The Expanded Language Arts program aimed to increase the basic language skills of educationally disadvantaged children by decreasing class size and improving instructional materials. Students were drawn from a low income inner-city area of Buffalo and ranged in age from 11 to 19 years (grades 7-12). Fifty percent of the students spoke a Southern rural dialect, 20 percent spoke Italian in the home, and 1 percent spoke Spanish in the home. Language arts classrooms were used as laboratories for the teaching of writing. Electronic recording and playback equipment were used to improve oral language skills. Lists of books, magazines, and audiovisual materials are included. In 1966-67, two standard achievement tests were used: the California Language Test, Junior High and Advanced Levels, Forms W and X, and the Sequential Tests of Educational Progress (STEP), Levels 2 and 3, Forms A and B. Anecdotal comments rather than test data were gathered for 1967-68. Test scores for 1968-69 have not yet been compiled. The 1966-67 test data, however, showed that six to fifteen mean months of gain were registered. (KG)
Descriptors: Black Students, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Expository Writing, Italian Americans, Language Arts, Remedial Instruction, Remedial Reading, Secondary School Students, Spanish Speaking, Speech Skills, Test Results
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (FS5.237:37050, $.15)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers: California Achievement Tests; Sequential Tests Of Educational Progress; STEP