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ERIC Number: ED317566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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One Approach to a Formal Evaluation of the Amnesty Program.
Zyskowski, Gloria; Rincones, Rodolfo
In November 1986, the United States Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which, in part, mandated a program granting legal status to certain undocumented residents who had been in the country since before January 1, 1982. The program involves a two-step process by which currently undocumented aliens are granted temporary and, then, permanent citizenship status. This paper describes a means of providing formal evaluation of the educational program--associated with the amnesty effort conducted by the Dallas (Texas) Independent School District (DISD)--designed to inform potential amnesty applicants of their rights and responsibilities. The DISD was involved in planning the provision of English language and civics classes to approximately 60,000 amnesty applicants believed to reside in Dallas/Rockwall County. During the first year of amnesty classes, the DISD enrolled about 15,000 amnesty applicants in classes at over 100 sites in the 2-county area. The evaluation effort included interviews with program directors, administrator and teacher surveys, student interviews, and classroom observation in 17 classrooms. Results provide information on the accessibility and availability of programming, staff development, site personnel cooperation, teacher preparedness, teaching methods, and student evaluation of program effectiveness. Two data tables are included. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A