ERIC Number: ED261138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Walton High School Bilingual Language Arts Survival Training, 1983-1984. O.E.A. Evaluation Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
This evaluation report summarizes results of the Bilingual Language Arts Program (BLAST), Walton High School, Bronx, New York, 1983-1984. BLAST was designed as a transitional program emphasizing student integration into society. The program provided instruction in English as a second language and native language arts, as well as bilingual instruction in social studies, science, mathematics, typing, and career orientation. Quantitative analysis of student achievement data indicates that: (1) most program students manifested improved oral/aural English language skills on the New York City Fluency Scale; (2) the yearly average passing rate for students in E.S.L. classes was 72%; (3) students demonstrated overall passing rates of 95% (fall) and 98% (spring) on both the city-wide and Regents examinations in Spanish; (4) overall passing rates in mathematics, science, and social studies courses were quite similar for both program and mainstream students; (5) overall passing rates in elective career courses were high; and (6) the attendance rate of program students was statistically significantly higher than the attendance rate of the school as a whole. Recommendations for improving the program include developing health careers and computer literacy components, a bilingual program counselor, guidance office follow-up of students in mainstream classes, recruitment of a certified bilingual mathematics teacher, and workshops for project and school staff to further educate them in bilingual curricula. (CG)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)