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ERIC Number: ED245039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Pages: 98
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Bilingual Pupil Services E.C.I.A. Chapter 1. O.E.E. Evaluation Report, 1982-1983.
Fernandez, Carmen M.; Schulman, Robert
The primary goal of New York City's Bilingual Pupil Services project was to improve the academic performance and linguistic proficiency of Spanish-speaking limited English proficient students in grades 1-6. The project was designed to achieve this goal through a program which trained and supervised bilingual paraprofessionals who provided direct instruction to students in designated classrooms in 14 districts throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Through a rigorous selection and retention process, structured inservice training sessions, and close ongoing supervision, paraprofessionals were guided by field instructional specialists toward becoming more knowledgeable, conscientious, and effective teachers. In 1982-83, 55 paraprofessionals worked with 1,210 students in 24 schools. Analysis of student achievement indicates that in all areas of the curriculum--English reading, Spanish reading, and math--and at all grade levels, students demonstrated statistically significant gains; attendance was excellent. During the year, 17 of the participating paraprofessionals received their baccalaureate degrees as a result of their participation in this project; all are presently employed as fulltime teachers. And finally, the project had a sound management system with clearly articulated expectations and thorough recordkeeping, which may in fact be the cornerstone of the project's success. Appendices to this evaluation report contain evaluation materials, a description of the recruitment, screening, and orientation of paraprofessionals, inservice course syllabi, and workshop agenda. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)