ERIC Number: ED183263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Project PACT (Parents and Children Together): Evaluation of the Second Year, 1978-1979. Report No. 8037.
Offenberg, Robert M.; And Others
This study was designed to evaluate Project PACT (Parents and Children Together), which was developed to complement the existing Let's Be Amigos Model A bilingual program at Potter-Thomas School in Philadelphia, by involving Hispanic parents in the education of their children. The PACT project consists of two major programs: (1) a summer program designed to teach parents how to complement the education their children receive in school, and (2) a school-year program geared to enhancing the basic academic competence of adults of the Potter-Thomas School community. The major activities of the project include teaching parents about school operation and curriculum, offering Spanish and English GED courses and Spanish and English language arts courses, and acquainting parents with the cultural resources of Philadelphia and neighboring cities. Pupil performance on standardized tests and pupil attendance were used to measure the effect of one or two years of participation by parents in the summer program of the project. Children of participant parents had better English and Spanish reading scores than did other pupils in the school, and there was some evidence that parent participation was related to better pupil attendance. Analysis of interviews with parents conducted during the summer program revealed a statistically significant gain in their knowledge of ways to help their children in school work. The Spanish language arts class attracted too few participants to meet its enrollment objective, but in general the language arts and GED instruction of the school-year program appeared to have an effect on the participants as many of them earned GED high-school equivalency diplomas. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA. Office of Research and Evaluation.