ERIC Number: ED466475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Bilingual Education/ESL Program Evaluation, 2000-01.
Gonzalez, Rosa Maria
In compliance with Texas legislation, the Austin Independent School District (AISD), Texas, provides two programs to serve students identified as limited English proficient (LEP): Bilingual Education (BE), which provides dual language instruction in the major content areas and English as a Second Language (ESL), which provides intensive English instruction. ESL is both a component of BE and a stand-alone program. On each campus, the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee decides the program that best addresses each student's needs. In the 2000-2001 school year the AISD enrolled 13,740 LEP students, of whom 94% were Spanish speakers. In 1991-1992, such students comprised 9.7% of the student population of the school district, and in the 2000-2001 school year, they represented 17.8% of all district students. This report contains data on the passing rates of these students for the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). TAAS passing rates were highest for the elementary grades, and a higher percentage of AISD LEP students generally passed the TAAS than did LEP students in the state as a whole. In the 2000-2001 school year, 1,262 students exited the BE/LEP program, and these student had generally done well on the TAAS. The report also details professional staff development activities for the BE and ESL programs, describes LEP summer school instruction, and discusses the AISD Emergency Immigrant Education Program. Recommendations for program improvement are made based on the findings of this evaluation. Seven appendixes contain supplemental information about participating students and the programs, mostly in table form. (Contains 20 tables, 22 figures, and 5 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.