ERIC Number: ED353821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Title VII New Comers Program, 1991-92 Final Report.
Gonzalez, Rosa Maria
The Title VII Newcomers Program of the Austin (Texas) Independent School District served 104 students in its second year of operation. The program was designed to improve the English language proficiency and academic skills of limited-English-proficient (LEP), immigrant students in 3 high schools. Most were native Spanish speakers. Major findings of the program evaluation for the 1991-92 school year include the following: (1) students are predominantly low-income, over-age for their grade, dominant or monolingual in a language other than English, and academically below grade level but demonstrate a commitment to their education; (2) participants, on average, showed improvement in language skills; (3) compared to similar LEP students, the participants performed better on measures of school success such as attendance and grade point average; they improved credits earned and had a lower dropout rate than anticipated; (4) staff opinion was that the program was very effective and assisted students in making the transition to English and the school culture; and (5) participant opinion was that the program was very beneficial academically, linguistically, and socially. Program and budget data and profiles of two graduating students are included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Attendance Patterns, English (Second Language), High School Students, High Schools, Immigrants, Language Skills, Limited English Speaking, Literacy Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Second Language Instruction, Spanish Speaking, Student Characteristics
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII