ERIC Number: ED433356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Bilingual/ESL Programs Evaluation Report, 1997-98. Publication Number 97.08.
Gonzalez, Rosa Maria
In compliance with Texas state law, the Austin Independent School District (AISD) provides two programs to serve students identified as limited English proficient (LEP): bilingual education and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL). ESL is both a component of bilingual English and a stand-alone program. In 1997-98, AISD enrolled 10,538 LEP students, 92 percent of whom were Spanish speakers. Three groups of exited LEP students have been observed since 1994-95. Compared to students districtwide, the most recently exited group was recommended for retention less often, earned higher grade point averages, had lower school leaver rates, and had higher attendance rates. Former LEP students in the latest exit group in middle and junior high had lower discipline rates than students districtwide. Similar positive findings were apparent in many areas for students in the two earlier exit groups. Students still receiving LEP services had lower achievement test scores than students districtwide, including lower results on a Spanish language instrument. The success of the Bilingual and ESL programs in mitigating school leaver rates at the secondary level suggests that continued program service beyond the elementary level has a positive effect in assisting students. Appendixes contain text from the applicable state legislation, a list of staff development programs, and summaries of professional development activities. (Contains 14 figures and 35 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.