ERIC Number: ED193403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
South Bronx High School Bilingual Program. Final Evaluation Report, 1978-1979.
Irizarry, Ruddie A.; And Others
The South Bronx High School Bilingual Basic Skills Program offered instruction in English as a Second Language, English reading, native language arts, and content areas (in Spanish) to 360 ninth and tenth graders. The primary goal of the program (in its first year of operation) was to mainstream bilingual students with their English speaking peers. Additional program components included curriculum development, staff development, parent and community participation, and supportive services. The program was evaluated using norm and criterion referenced test data, school records, and evaluator observations. Findings indicated that the program was implemented as proposed: (1) ten students were judged to have achieved a level of English competence so they no longer needed special services, (2) ninth and tenth graders made significant gains in English reading, (3) an average of .5 to .6 objectives were mastered per month in English as a Second Language classes, (4) most students passed tests in Spanish language arts and in the content areas, (5) students exhibited gains in math when tested with norm-referenced instruments, but most failed teacher-made tests, and (6) program participants surpassed the school attendance rates. Recommendations for future program implementations are included. (MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers: Bilingual Education Act 1968; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title VII; New York (Bronx)