ERIC Number: ED338100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Title VII Newcomers Program in AISD, 1990-91.
In 1990-91, the Austin Independent School District in Texas was awarded a 3-year Title VII grant to serve a population of "newcomers" (defined as students who had been in the United States for 1 year or less). The Newcomers Program was developed to serve the special needs of those students and to improve their English language proficiency and achievement skills. The program includes small classes, intensive English instruction, physical education classes, and content area classes, and the intent is for newcomers to transfer into regular English-as-a-Second-Language classes at the end of one school year. Compared to similar LEP students, the Title VII newcomers performed better on such measures of school success as attendance, grade point average, credits earned, and dropout rate. They also demonstrated an average gain of nine raw score points on the Language Assessment Battery pre- and posttests. The single most important opinion issue to emerge was the role of the teacher, whose effectiveness as measured by such criteria as commitment, cultural sensitivity, enthusiasm, and high motivation is considered key to the program. Students demonstrated a commitment to attending school and moving forward with their education. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.