ERIC Number: ED187788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Community School District 20K, Strengthening Early Childhood Bilingual, Title I--5071-91622. Final Evaluation Report, 1978-79.
Bonn, Ethel V.
The Strengthening Early Childhood (Bilingual) program was designed to develop English language skills for pupils in grades one and two who were below the twenty-first percentile when tested on the Language Assessment Battery (LAB) in English. One hundred thirty-eight students were seen by three teachers and three paraprofessionals in groups of ten for five 40 to 45 minute periods of instruction weekly. The program was evaluated through interviews, classroom observations, and analysis of pre and posttest LAB data. The program was found to be operating effectively and to be meshing with several other school programs in that it provided additional English instruction to children drawn from Spanish dominant classes. LAB results indicated that mean gains were achieved at both grade levels. Fifty percent of the participants reached the twenty-first percentile by the end of the program. Grade two students who had received reading instruction were tested by the Metropolitan Achievement Test and were found to have gained an average of thirteen months in grade equivalent achievement scores. Recommendations include recycling of the program, separate testing for eligibility and evaluation, and training of staff personnel in record keeping. (MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community School District 20, Brooklyn, NY.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; New York (Brooklyn)