ERIC Number: ED410758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun-18
Reference Count: N/A
Foreign Language K-12. Program Evaluation, 1995-96. Revised.
Wadden, Jerry M.
An evaluation of the foreign language programs of the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools is presented. It is divided into six ares: (1) Introduction; (2) Context Evaluation; (3) Input Evaluation; (4) Process Evaluation; (5) Product Evaluation; and (6) the Future. Sections include: a statement of program mission and philosophy; notes on the context of the evaluation (state policies, standards, and regulations, and national goals; program structure; enrollment highlights; status of a new two-way interactive audio and video system in the district; staffing needs and enrollment influences; reasons for which students should study languages; goals of foreign language study; program goals; and program development landmarks since 1985-86); program input (income, expenditures, instructional materials use and cycles, and equipment); process factors (work flow, inservice and staff development sessions, and professional meetings attended by language teachers); product factors (district French and Spanish test results; adherence to standards and regulations; awards and honors received in foreign languages; results of a high school senior survey; observations of the language arts supervisor; and program strengths and weaknesses); and plans for the future. Appended materials include data on foreign language enrollments and an equipment inventory. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Awards, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Influences, Enrollment Trends, Expenditures, French, Income, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Materials, Language Enrollment, Language Teachers, Professional Associations, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Public Schools, Second Language Programs, Spanish, Staff Development
Department of School Improvement, Des Moines Public Schools, 1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309-3399; telephone: 515-242-7884.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Teaching and Learning Div.