ERIC Number: ED250433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
George Washington High School Bilingual Academic and Career Orientation Program, 1982-1983. O.E.E. Evaluation Report.
Cotayo, Armando; Collins, Carla
This program, in its final year of a two-year funding cycle, offered bilingual instruction and supportive services with a career orientation focus to 250 Hispanic students in grades 9-12. The major program goal was to expedite the acquisition of the English language skills necessary for full mainstreaming within an average period of three years. Mainstreaming was accomplished by placing students in content area courses in their native languages and some English as a Second Language (ESL) classes during the first two years, and then increasing their exposure to English instruction in order to achieve full integration in all-English content area courses by their senior year. Program activities for students, in addition to instructional services, included adaptation of curriculum materials, preparation of a lesson planning guide to include "career infusion" in the teaching of subject areas, academic and personal guidance, home visits and outreach, and outside referrals. Staff development and parent involvement activities also were provided. Quantitative analysis of student achievement indicated that program students (1) made gains in English and Spanish language development; (2) passed content level courses at rates varying from 64 to 96 percent (with the highest passing rates for business/vocational classes); and (3) had higher attendance rates than the general school population. Recommendations focus on increasing Hispanic students' exposure to English, formulating a more explicit school language policy, curriculum and staff development, integrating career activities with curricular areas such as ESL, and formalizing the status of the project director. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; 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)