ERIC Number: ED262597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Impact of Early Exposure to Bilingual Education as Related to School Grades, Absenteeism, Grade Retentions and Incidence of School Drop-Out: A Ten Year Study.
Curiel, Herman; Richek, Herbert G.
The study reported here examined the long term impact of a bilingual program that was designed as a transitional program for children in elementary grades. A quasi-experimental design was used to compare two groups of Mexican-American tenth-grade students enrolled in a traditional high school where all subject matter was presented in English. The experimental group (n=86) had previously been taught one or more years in an elementary bilingual education program. The control group (n=90) had had all its schooling in English. The students' seventh-grade and tenth-grade records were examined for these variables: grade point average, absenteeism, grade repetition in elementary and secondary grades, dropout rates at the completion of junior high school, and the completion of tenth grade. Results revealed no differences in grade point average in either period. The control group had a statistically significant higher rate of absenteeism during two quarters of the seventh-grade year, a significantly higher grade repetition rate at all levels, and a higher frequency of dropouts in both periods studied. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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