ERIC Number: ED327607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Condition of Transitional Bilingual Education Programs. Annual Report FY89.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy.
This report examines the status of Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) programs in Massachusetts in 1989. Forty-seven of the 50 school districts operating TBE programs responded to a request for statistical data concerning the following major program areas: (1) student enrollment; (2) former TBE students; (3) TBE students who dropped out; (4) post-graduation plans; (5) years of participation; and (6) staffing and teaching preparation. The following conclusions are reported: (1) the number of Limited-English-Proficient (LEP) students enrolled in TBE programs has increased by 28.6 percent over a 2-year period; (2) the language groups enrolled in TBE that have increased most significantly are Laotian, Vietnamese, Cape Verdean, Chinese, Spanish, and Khmer; (3) the number of bilingual teachers for these language groups has increased, with the exception of Cape Verdean; (4) districts must improve teacher recruitment in those language areas where the TBE student-bilingual teacher ratio is higher than 25:1; (5) LEP student participation rates have remained stable over the past two years; (6) about 50 percent of the seniors enrolled in TBE planned to continue their education after graduation, one-fifth planned to work, and 2 percent planned to enter the military; and (7) the retention rate for students who participated in TBE over a longer period of time is dramatically higher than that for students who participated for only 1 or 2 years. Statistical data are presented in 10 tables and 9 graphs. A list of school districts providing bilingual education programs is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Quincy.
Identifiers: Massachusetts; Transitional Bilingual Education Programs