ERIC Number: ED186561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the PSEN Reading and Bilingual Program 1978-79.
Tilis, Howard S.; And Others
The District 6 program for Pupils with Special Educational Needs (PSEN) was designed to provide (1) supplementary reading instruction to English speakers, and (2) bilingual instruction and reading skills, including English as a Second Language (ESL), to Spanish and Greek speakers. A total of 3,856 kindergarten through third grade children and 227 fourth through eighth graders were served by the program. In the reading component, small group and individualized instruction were provided to children deficient in reading skills, following a sequential diagnostic/prescriptive model. The bilingual component of the PSEN program was designed to improve the Spanish or Greek of participants through reading instruction in the child's native language, as well as to improve the child's English language proficiency. The evaluation design for the District 6 PSEN program specified both process and product evaluation, and focused on the degree to which program objectives were being implemented. Results of the evaluation are presented in this report. Included are reading achievement data, information on staffing and instructional practices, and data acquired through observations and interviews focusing on teacher, paraprofessional, and administrator attitudes toward the program. Recommendations for improving the program are offered regarding bilingual instructional guidelines, diagnostic testing, and the utilization of ESL materials. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community School District 6, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)