ERIC Number: ED245039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
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)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Bilingual Education Programs, Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Hispanic Americans, Inservice Teacher Education, Limited English Speaking, Mathematics Instruction, Native Language Instruction, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Reading Instruction, Staff Development
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)