ERIC Number: ED193006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Achievement Outcomes: Austin's Experience. Publication No. 80.33.
Carsrud, Karen Elizabeth
Austin's 5-year Title VII project was intended to improve the achievement of elementary students in the following areas: oral language proficiency, knowledge of basic concepts, reading ability in Spanish, and proficiency in English reading and math. Results indicated that program participants gained in knowledge of basic concepts at the kindergarten level and, to some extent, in Spanish reading ability. Fifth grade project students showed greater achievement than their nonproject peers in English reading. However, in fifth grade math and fourth grade reading and math, project students and nonproject students did not differ in their rate of gains. The gap in achievement between Spanish-dominant or bilingual students and their English-dominant peers remained. The program raised several problems for consideration: (1) difficulty in locating appropriate instruments for measuring achievement objectives in bilingual programs; (2) difficulty in obtaining an appropriate sample of students; (3) personnel changes in both project staff and evaluation staff during the course of a project; and (4) lack of evaluation models applicable for longitudinal evaluations of achievement in bilingual programs. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Austin Independent School District TX; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title VII
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Longitudinal Evaluation of Bilingual Programs (Austin, TX, August, 1980).