ERIC Number: ED347235
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-26
Bilingual Education Through the Arts (Project BETA) Community School District 7. 1990-91 Final Evaluation Profile. OREA Report.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
An evaluation was done of New York City Public Schools' Bilingual Education Through the Arts program (Project BETA), which served poor, language minority elementary school students. The project enrolled 366 Spanish speaking kindergarten through sixth grade students at 2 elementary schools. Ninety-seven percent of the students were eligible for the Free Lunch Program. Project BETA targeted schools with a recent influx of immigrants and served Spanish-speaking students with limited English proficiency. The Project adapted the Learning to Read Through the Arts program for students' linguistic development. Students received a weekly 1.5-hour period of English as a Second Language (ESL) and Spanish reading as well as workshops in musical arts or visual arts. Students also attended a variety of art events and museums throughout the city. Evaluation of the program was based on demographic data, citywide student test scores, and interviews with and surveys of the program directors. Results indicate that program strengths lay in its positive impact on students across the curriculum, with students showing increased enthusiasm and motivation. Project BETA was fully implemented and met its objectives for ESL, arts appreciation, staff development (two out of three objectives), curriculum development, and parental involvement. Two appendices summarize the data collection and analysis procedures and list instructional materials. (JB)
Descriptors: Art Education, Bilingual Education Programs, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Parent Participation, Profiles, Program Evaluation, Reading Programs, Spanish Speaking, Urban Schools
Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment, New York City Public Schools, 110 Livingston Street, Room 732, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.