ERIC Number: ED263257
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Bilingual Pupil Services 1983-1984. OEA Evaluation Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
The Bilingual Pupil Services Program (B.P.S.) has been administered for ten years by the Office of Bilingual Education of the New York City Public Schools. In the 1983-84 school year the project provided in-service training of para-professionals to work with students of limited English proficiency (LEP) in grades one through six in the already existing Hispanic component and a new Chinese component. This evaluation focuses on the four sites serving the Chinese LEP students and a follow-up study of the past three years' paraprofessional participants in B.P.S. Students were assessed in English reading, Spanish reading, Chinese reading and mathematics (in English), with the following results: (1) Hispanic students made statistically significant gains in English reading, and Chinese students in grades two, three, five, and six also made significant gains; (2) Hispanic students gained in mathematics, an area in which Chinese students has mixed results; (3) Spanish reading tests showed significant gains in all but fifth grade; (4) results on the Chinese reading examinations were statistically significant. It was found that most paraprofessional graduates of B.P.S. become bilingual teachers, and over 70% are placed within New York City. The following recommendations are made for program improvement: (1) establish agreements with local universities to complement in-service training of paraprofessionals; (2) hire a field instructional specialist for the Chinese component; (3) acquire and adapt Chinese language materials; (4) test all Chinese LEP students schools to determine language proficiency; (5) study language policy of target schools in Chinese component with emphasis on frequency of native language use; (6) conduct workshops on the cultural styles of both Hispanic and Chinese peoples to enhance cross-cultural understanding. (CG)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Chinese Americans, Elementary Education, Hispanic Americans, Inservice Education, Limited English Speaking, Mathematics Instruction, Native Language Instruction, Paraprofessional School Personnel
Office of Educational Assessment, New York City Board of Education, 110 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)