ERIC Number: ED371631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-13
Reference Count: N/A
The Academic Bilingual and Career Upgrading System (Project ABACUS). Final Evaluation Report, 1992-93. OER Report.
The Academic Bilingual and Career Upgrading System (Project ABACUS) was a federally-funded program in its fourth year at two Brooklyn and one Queens (New York) high schools. The program served 475 limited-English-speaking students who were native speakers of Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. Students received instruction in English as a second language (ESL), native language arts (NLA), science, mathematics, and social studies, and pre-vocational training in business-, law-, or health-related careers in the students' native language. Multicultural education, staff development, and parent participation were also program components. Project ABACUS met its objectives for Chinese and Korean NLA, content area subjects, American culture and citizenship, cultural heritage, school attitude improvement, career advisement, career development, dropout prevention, attendance, and increase in staff awareness of student needs and problems. It partially met its objective for parent involvement. It failed to meet objectives for ESL and staff ongoing education. Data to assess achievement of the Spanish NLA objective was unavailable. Recommendations for program improvement include: improved ESL instruction; stimulation of staff interest in college course enrollment; and encouragement of parent attendance at school open houses. (MSE)
Descriptors: Attendance Patterns, Bilingual Education Programs, Career Exploration, Chinese, Citizenship Education, Cultural Awareness, Dropout Prevention, Educational Attitudes, English (Second Language), Federal Aid, Federal Programs, High Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Korean, Limited English Speaking, Mathematics Instruction, Multicultural Education, Native Language Instruction, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Science Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Social Studies, Spanish, Staff Development, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.