ERIC Number: ED172987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
ESAA Bilingual/Bicultural Project. 1974-1975 Final Evaluation Report.
Arce, Aaron; Sosa, Xavier
The 1974-75 Austin Independent School District bilingual/bicultural program was designed as a comprehensive program of bilingual (Spanish and English) education for schools with the highest concentrations of Spanish-dominant Mexican American students. Bicultural instruction was inherent in the program which used both languages for a portion of all the curriculum. On a budget of $271,530 the program served over 1400 elementary students in six schools using 6 1/2 professional staff, 20 teacher aides, and 7 support staff. Students receiving Spanish instruction met objectives regarding acquisition of basic concepts and improved language proficiency, but not Spanish reading skills. Students receiving English instruction met English reading objectives. The program met most objectives regarding staff training, supervision, materials, team teaching, and bilingual aides, but not the important objectives regarding curriculum development and parental involvement. Compared to students not in the program, students in bilingual classes learned more Spanish and as much English. It was recommended that the program be continued at all six schools and be available to all Spanish-dominant students and to those whose parents want them in a bilingual program. Other recommendations were that the position of parental involvement specialist be discontinued and that teacher training emphasize using teacher aides effectively. (SB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Enrollment, Language Arts, Language Proficiency, Mexican Americans, Multicultural Education, Objectives, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Reading Instruction, Spanish Speaking, Staff Development, Teacher Aides
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)