ERIC Number: ED390909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Title VII Newcomers Program. Final Report 1993-94. Publication Number 93.19.
Gonzalez, Rosa Maria
In 1990-91, the Austin Independent School District (Texas) received a 3-year grant under Title VII to serve a population of limited-English-proficient high school students called "newcomers" (i.e., recent arrivals to the United States). In addition to their limited English proficiency, these students, who have typically suffered interrupted educations, have a wide range of literacy skills. The program provides a sheltered environment for its students, with small classes and intensive English instruction in addition to other academic subjects. Students are expected to move to the regular high school curriculum after a year with continued support in English. In 1993-94, 120 students were served by the Title VII Newcomers Program. In spite of the difficulties they had encountered, newcomers typically demonstrated a commitment to attending school and moving forward with their educations and considered the program very helpful. They demonstrated an average gain of 11 raw score points on a language assessment battery. Recommendations for the 1994-95 school year, the final year of federal support, include a call for additional student support at the end of the Newcomers' Program. A program evaluation checklist is attached. (Contains 1 chart, 32 figures, and 4 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Austin Independent School District TX; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title VII; Newcomers