ERIC Number: ED250432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Newton High School Project Capable, 1982-1983. O.E.E. Evaluation Report.
Young, John; And Others
Project CAPABLE, in its first year of funding, provided instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) and native language skills, as well as bilingual instruction in science and social studies, to approximately 500 Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese students in grades 9-12. The program operated at three sites in the New York City borough of Queens: Elmhurst, Long Island City, and Flushing. The project's overall goal was to help students achieve proficiency in English. Upon successful completion of the ESL sequence and bilingual content-area courses, students were considered ready for transfer out of the program. In addition to the instructional services, program activities included academic and personal counseling, career orientation and information, academic evaluation, translation of school materials for parents, and home visits and phone calls. Development activities for staff members, as well as parent participation workshops, were also conducted. Quantitative analyses of student achievement indicated that (1) in English fluency, overall student improvement rates failed to meet program criteria; (2) in English and native language achievement, most program students made significant gains; (3) overall passing rates in science, social studies, and business/vocational courses exceeded program objectives for all language groups; (4) the attendance rate of program students was significantly higher than the average attendance rate of the three high schools. Recommendations focus on materials assessment and development, resource sharing and communication between participants at different high schools, reformulation of program objectives and concurrent assessments of achievement measurement instruments, comparison of program students with mainstream students, and greater staff development. (GC)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Bilingual Education Programs, Career Awareness, Chinese Americans, English (Second Language), Immigrants, Korean Americans, Native Language Instruction, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Staff Development, Transitional Programs, Vietnamese People
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers: New York (Queens); Project CAPABLE NY
Note: Published by the O.E.E. Bilingual Education Evaluation Unit. Appendices may be marginally legible due to small or broken print.