ERIC Number: ED043708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Bilingual Education Program Evaluation Report, 1969-1970.
Bortin, Barbara H.
The Milwaukee Bilingual Program was initiated in September, 1969 and funded under ESEA Titles VII and I and under Milwaukee Public Schools' Local Funds to develop a curriculum taught in both Spanish and English in order to prevent the hindering of learning and lowering of self-esteem often experienced by newly arrived or recently arrived pupils of Latin-American heritage. Oral and written course work was presented in Spanish and English by a bilingual staff, mainly Latin American. First grade pupils learned to read in their mother tongue; reading in the other language began in the second semester. The curriculum was evolved through a search for existing bilingual materials and staff development of new media. Parents and community were represented by members of an Advisory Committee which met regularly with the project director. During the school year, a total of 256 pupils participated at various times. There were 125 comparison pupils in three of the four schools. Findings at the elementary level at the end of the year conclude that kindergarten bilingual program and comparison pupils did not differ in achievement, as measured by the Test of General Ability and the Metropolitan Readiness Test. However, Oral English tests indicated 45 to 85 percent improvement by the end of the year in the bilingual kindergarten, first, and second grades. (JM)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Bilingual Teachers, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Migrant Youth, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship, Secondary School Students, Self Concept, Spanish Speaking
Department of Educational Research and Program Assessment, Milwaukee Publc Schools, P.O. Drawer 10K, Milwaukee, Wis. 53201
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Public Schools, WI.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title VIII; Wisconsin