ERIC Number: ED246174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
Project Parents: Awareness, Education, and Involvement. O.E.E. Evaluation Report, 1982-1983.
Collazo-Levy, Dora; Villegas, Jose
Project Parents was a three-year program designed to increase parental participation in the educational process. Originally implemented in two community school districts at four school sites, the project focused on parents of Spanish-, French/Creole-, Greek -and Italian-speaking primary level students with limited English language skills. Parents participated in classes in ESL and in high school equivalency test preparation. In addition, program staff offered workshops designed to increase parent understanding of New York City school system operations and role-playing workshops designed to increase parents' self-confidence in being advocates for their children. Also taking place as part of Project Parents was the ongoing evaluation and acquisition of curriculum materials, the development of materials for those language groups for which commercial items were scarce, and staff development activities. Participating parents were assessed in high school equivalency and attendance. Their children were assessed in English and Spanish language ability, English reading, and mathematics. Quantitative analysis of parent and student achievement indicated that (1) gains made by program students in listening/speaking and reading/writing were statistically significant; (2) in Spanish, students demonstrated no significant change in listening/speaking (due to high pre-test performance), but improved their reading/writing test scores; (3) moderate to large gains were made on the California Achievement Test; (4) third graders made large gains in mathematics; and (5) l9 participating parents passed the General Equivalency Diploma examination. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), High School Equivalency Programs, Limited English Speaking, Mathematics Achievement, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement, Spanish Speaking, Staff Development
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)