ERIC Number: ED347234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-26
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Learning Methodologies through Academics (Project ALMA). 1990-91 Final Evaluation Profile. OREA Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
An evaluation was done of New York City Public Schools' Alternative Learning Methodologies through Academics Program (Project ALMA) for Spanish-speaking students. Project ALMA served 407 9th and 10th graders at 2 sites (Queens and the Bronx). All of the students spoke Spanish, and 75.7 percent of them were eligible for the Free Lunch Program. The project targeted two schools with a recent influx of immigrants and offered English as a Second Language (ESL); native language arts (NLA); and bilingual instruction in the content areas of mathematics, social studies, and science. Project ALMA sought to enhance the students' positive feelings toward their native and American heritages and to increase parents' awareness of career opportunities open to their children. The project included non-project students on field trips on a space-available basis. One school had a hotline in Spanish that parents could use to determine if their children were actually attending school. An outstanding feature of the program was peer tutoring in mathematics. Project ALMA was not fully implemented in its first year, although it met objectives in content area subjects, career advisement, and special education referral. It failed to meet objectives for ESL, NLA, and gifted and talented placement. Four appendices summarize the data collection and analysis procedures and provide supplementary study information. (JB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, English (Second Language), High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Native Language Instruction, Parent Participation, Peer Teaching, Profiles, Program Evaluation, Spanish Speaking, Urban Schools
Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment, New York City Public Schools, 110 Livingston Street, Room 732, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
Identifiers: Language Minorities; New York City Board of Education; Project ALMA NY