ERIC Number: ED343424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Bridging the Gap: A Sheltered Approach to Language Acquisition and Academic Success in Torrance Unified School District. Second Evaluation Report (1989-1990).
Kester, Donald L.
An external evaluation of the Torrance (California) Unified School District's transitional bilingual education program for limited-English-speaking Chinese, Japanese, and Korean middle school students is reported. The project focused on four areas including: instruction; staff development, materials, and parent involvement and education. An executive summary gives an overview of the program and evaluation findings. The first section of the report describes the program evaluation plan and the second section gives the evaluator's opinion of its elements. The third and most substantial section reports, for each of the four evaluation areas, specific student and activity objectives and an assessment of their achievement. Results for each school are reported separately in many cases. Specific recommendations are also made in this section. The final section offers brief suggestions for possible improvements in the evaluation plan and in the program itself. Examples of student work and instructional materials are appended, some in Japanese and Korean. The evaluation found that: all but one of the program objectives were achieved in 1989-90; forcasting for some ojbectives was extremely accurate; considerable variation occurred from school to school; and the project improved from the first to the second year. Specific program strengths were found in administrative, instructional, and support areas. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Chinese, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials, Japanese, Korean, Limited English Speaking, Middle Schools, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Staff Development, Transitional Programs, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles County Office of Education, Downey, CA.