ERIC Number: ED263259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Project MAS 1983-84. O.E.A. Evaluation Section Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn. Office of Educational Assessment.
Project MAS, in its second year of a three year funding cycle (1983-84), is a multi-site program providing instruction in English as a second language and native language arts, and bilingual instruction in math and science. It serves approximately 400 Spanish speaking students of limited English proficiency, in grades 3 through 8 at four Bronx, New York, schools. The funding sources for the project are tax levy, Chapter I, and Title VII. The program includes training sessions for paraprofessionals, resource teachers, project directors, and classroom teachers. Parents are also involved. Program objectives were assessed in English language development, mastery of the native language, and mathematics with the following results: (1) Fourth- and fifth-grade students made significant gains in English; (2) high pre-test scores in Spanish restricted their gains in the native language; however, seventh- and eighth-grade students tested at level 3 of the Spanish Language Assesement Battery did make significant gains; (3) students made significant gains in math in grades three and seven and losses in grade six. The following recommendations are made to improve the program: (1) develop strategies to expand the project in the absence of Title VII funding; (2) expand the concept of language teaching through science and math to other content areas; (3) emphasize small group instruction; (4) adjust future staff development activities to the less receptive classrooms; (5) use a different instrument to measure gains in Spanish; and (6) test student performance in science to determine student progress and evaluate program outcomes. (CG)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Language Arts, Mathematics Instruction, Native Language Instruction, Science Instruction, Spanish Speaking
Office of Educational Assessment, New York City Board of Education, 110 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn. Office of Educational Assessment.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)