ERIC Number: EJ697474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Unpacking the Evaluation Process: A Study of Transitional Bilingual Education
Studies in Educational Evaluation, v30 n4 p325-336 2004
This article examines the process of an ongoing, independent evaluation of atransitional Spanish/English bilingual program housed at a large, urban school district in Northern California. The program is designed to enhance Kindergarten through Grade 5 (K-5) students' English language proficiency, as well as their English performance in academic subject areas. The article looks at how the evaluation team addressed various political, methodological, and theoretical challenges, including multiple stakeholders, small sample sizes, difficulty establishing well-defined ''treatment'' and ''control'' groups, and questionable instrumentation. Finally, we discuss how participation in a highly dynamic, interactive evaluation process prompted the school district to engage in activities and to make decisions that ultimately served both the evaluation as well as the district as a whole.
Descriptors: Grade 5, Program Effectiveness, Kindergarten, Evaluation, Urban Schools, School Districts, Language Proficiency, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education, Limited English Speaking
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Identifiers - Location: California