ERIC Number: ED238989
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
New York City Russian Bilingual Program, 1981-1982. O.E.E. Final Evaluation Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
The New York City Russian Bilingual Program, evaluated here, serves students in grades 9-12 in three public and eight private schools. Three groups of subjects are included in the program: English as a second language, native language arts, and content-area subjects. All students take some mainstream classes from the beginning of the program. In addition, bilingual teachers prepare students for mainstreaming by gradually increasing the extent of English usage in content-area classes, and by moving toward greater sophistication in remedial English courses. Three community resource centers provide services for project students from all school sites and act as focal points in relations between the school, the students, their parents, and the local community. In the school year 1981-82, when it served approximately 700 students, the program met most of its instructional objectives. Problems of testing and/or data reporting made assessment of students' development of English syntax skills on a programwide basis difficult, although students seemed to be making more progress than pre-post tests adequately measured. Students at all school sites made statistically and educationally significant gains in reading in their native language and did very well on cultural heritage tests. Program objectives in content areas were also met at all schools. Finally, the attendance rate of program students was quite high. (CMG)
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Bilingual Education Programs, English (Second Language), High Schools, Intellectual Disciplines, Junior High Schools, Limited English Speaking, Native Language Instruction, Private Schools, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, School Community Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.