ERIC Number: ED321557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Evaluation of Bilingual Education Programs for Language-Minority, Limited-English-Proficient Students: A Status Report with Recommendations for Future Development.
Tallmadge, G. Kasten; And Others
A discussion of the evaluation of bilingual education programs focuses on building a comprehensive framework for local efforts at evaluation. The discussion begins with an introduction to the legislative history of bilingual education programs and the evolution of their evaluation. This is followed by a review of the literature on current practices and problems in program evaluation, looking at the kinds of inferences that can be drawn from program evaluations and the threats to the validity of those inferences. Strategies for reducing threats to validity are examined. A chapter is devoted to treatment, student, and setting variables that have been identified as potentially interactive on the basis of either theoretical formulations or empirical findings. Lists of the variables and methods for obtaining and documenting relevant information are presented. Four sources of systematic error associated with simple measurements of growth are discussed, and types of tests and other measures for assessing bilingual education program impact are examined. Eight evaluation designs reported in the literature are described, and problems associated with them are reviewed. Several approaches to the measurement of outcomes on a common scale are evaluated. A bibliography of over 400 items is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: RMC Research Corp., Mountain View, CA.
Note: For related documents, see ED 291 650 and FL 018 675.