ERIC Number: ED311729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Project AMERICA, 1987-88. OREA Evaluation Report.
Berney, Tomi D.; DeMegret, Wendy
The Asian and Arabic Mediated Enrichment Resource and Instructional Career Awareness (Project AMERICA) program for New York City bilingual high school students was a federally-funded program of instructional and support services. During the first year, the program targeted 369 limited-English-proficient Chinese and Arabic students, with limited native-language literacy, at two Brooklyn high schools. Project AMERICA provided instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) to all students, and native language instruction and bilingual content instruction in mathematics, science, and social studies to Chinese-speaking students. The program also provided extracurricular activities, staff development activities, and opportunities for parent participation. Student achievement objectives were met in ESL, mathematics, and social studies. Noninstructional objectives were met in attendance and extracurricular activities. The project partially achieved its objectives for staff development, student counseling, and career advisement. Objectives for parental participation and cultural heritage could not be assessed. It is concluded that the program was well integrated with existing bilingual education programs in the schools, with adequate intersite coordination. Recommendations for improvement include offering native language instruction and extracurricular activities to Arabic-speaking students and encouraging parent participation in trips and other cultural activities. (MSE)
Descriptors: Arabic, Attendance, Bilingual Education Programs, Career Awareness, Career Counseling, Chinese, Cultural Background, English (Second Language), Extracurricular Activities, Federal Programs, High School Students, High Schools, Limited English Speaking, Mathematics Instruction, Native Language Instruction, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Science Instruction, Social Studies, Staff Development, Uncommonly Taught Languages
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 Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.