ERIC Number: ED285931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
George Washington High School Biliteracy Skills Development Program 1985-1986. OEA Evaluation Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
The Biliteracy Skills Development Project at George Washington High School (New York, New York) completed its final year of a three-year funding cycle in June 1986. Using a mini-school structure, the program sought to enable students to develop oral proficiency in English and literacy skills in both English and Spanish through intensive language instruction. The program served 221 students, most of whom were semi-literate (in Spanish) recent arrivals from the Dominican Republic. Students received intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, native language skills instruction, and bilingual instruction in content areas. Efforts were made to keep curricula and materials in the program courses parallel with those of mainstream courses, and the program included staff support (e.g., computer training) and parent education. In 1985-86, the project underwent several personnel and curriculum changes. A Literacy Assistance Project (LAP) was launched to plan further improvements in George Washington's bilingual education program. An evaluation of this year found that students were making good progress as a result of their involvement in the intensive language component of the program, and all program instructional goals were met. Bilingual students were considered better motivated and had better school attendance records than mainstream students, and the bilingual program received recognition within and outside the school for its student achievement. This evaluation report includes recommendations for improving the program's effectiveness and four appendices providing data on staff and course characteristics. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)