ERIC Number: ED451263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb-7
Reference Count: N/A
Report from the Front Lines: What's Needed To Make New York's ESL and Bilingual Programs Succeed.
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.
This study surveyed 227 teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs) in New York City public schools about the adequacy of the school and classroom services provided to ELLs to help them meet the challenges of New York City's updated promotion and graduation standards. In addition to the teachers' surveys, the report compiles data from the New York City Board of Education as well as the New York State Department of Education. After describing ELLs in New York City, the updated standards, the educational outcomes of ELLs, and school factors that have been identified as barriers to school success for ELLs, the report presents survey findings. Overall, many bilingual teachers did not speak the same language as their students. Teachers reported problems with timely placement in appropriate classes and lack of coordination between English as a Second Language (ESL) and English language teachers. Teachers felt that: many students were at risk of being retained, and they were not getting the services they needed; support services were rarely provided to teachers; and school policies about summer school needed significant improvement. Teachers noted challenges in communicating with immigrant parents and desired services to aid communication. Recommendations include: ensure proper teacher training; create a citywide model curriculum for ELLs, and train teachers in its use; and expand teacher recruitment efforts targeting ESL and bilingual shortage areas. The teacher survey is appended. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Rockefeller Bros. Fund, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.
Identifiers - Location: New York