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ERIC Number: ED204067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Bilingual Bicultural Education: The Colorado Success Story.
Egan, Lawrence A.; Goldsmith, Ross
Because a lack of adequate data eliminated the possibility of using control groups or historical comparison groups, Colorado's procedure for evaluating state bilingual/bicultural programs was designed to determine whether children in the bilingual program (K-3) had learned more than they would have learned if they had not been in the program. A norm referenced standardized achievement test was used for this. Program participants were predominantly Mexican American. Projects reported pre and post test results (on achievement, attendance, self-concept and parental involvement) in Normal Curve Equivalents for Linguistically Different (LD) and Non-Linguistically Different (NLD) children. A gain of one-third of the standard deviation with respect to the national norm was chosen as the criterion for judging when significant gain or loss had occurred. Major problems were in the availability of data, caused by an unavoidable dependence on the regular testing schedules of school districts (testing every third grade level) and their willingness to administer additional tests. Data indicated that: the program was successful at every grade level; results were more positive in each succeeding year of the program; and NLD children, as well as LD children, benefited from the bilingual programs. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Colorado; Limited English Speaking