ERIC Number: ED434161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Dos Idiomas, Un Mundo Dual Language Project Title VII Third-Year Evaluation Report, 1997-98. Publication Number 97.21.
Liberty, Paul; Gonzalez, Rosa Maria
An evaluation was conducted of the third year of a 5-year comprehensive bilingual education grant funded by Title VII of the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994. The grant funds a program of developmental bilingual education at two elementary schools in the Austin Independent School District (Texas). More than 25% of the students at each school are limited English proficient (LEP). Two-way instruction is provided in English and Spanish throughout the duration of this Dual Language Project (DLP). Evaluation data were collected from many sources, including test results from the Language Assessment Scales. Evaluation findings show that the DLP uses a variety of strategies effectively to promote an environment at each school that reflects the goals of bilingualism, multiculturalism, and biliteracy. Cultural emphasis is being promoted through parent participation programs and parent education. During the 1997-1998 school year, the DLP served 1,116 students, including 342 LEP students. The DLP also provided 18 staff development sessions for teachers and administrators. Analysis of test results shows only slight gains by many DLP students in oral Spanish proficiency, raising questions about the extent of Spanish language instruction. Among program recommendations is a review of Spanish language instruction. Additional resources and additional professional development are recommended for program continuation. Appendixes contain a timeline for staff development, a description of activities related to technology supporting the DLP, and a summary of conference participation by DLP staff. (Contains 18 tables and 5 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Federal Aid, Limited English Speaking, Parent Participation, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Spanish
Austin Independent School District, 1111 West Sixth St., Austin, TX 78703-5399; Tel: 512-414-1724.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VII