A program evaluation of English language learner programs in selected districts in Southwest Missouri
The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of ELL programs in Southwest Missouri. State guidelines as defined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) required that a program existed in any district that had 20 or more ELL students. Therefore, the investigator chose to survey those districts in Southwest Missouri with 20 or more ELL students. The programs included English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Bilingual classrooms. It was the intention of the researcher to conduct a survey of programs for ELL students currently being used by schools with a minority language population. Data from the MAC II test were also collected from each responding district. (1) There was a significant difference in MAC II scores among students enrolled in different types of programs. (2) ELL programs did not always have stated goals and objectives. (3) The main goals of the ELL programs varied, but most focused on learning English to a point of proficiency and assisting ELL students in succeeding academically and socially. (4) Various areas were addressed when choosing a program of study for ELL students. The areas mentioned most frequently included the needs of individual students and the ability for students to have success/achievement. (5) When asked about a formal program evaluation, five districts responded that they did use a formal program evaluation while five districts did not. One district chose not to respond to the question. (6) Groups that were surveyed as a part of the formal program evaluation included students, teachers, parents, community members, and employers. (7) There were a variety of approaches being used within the ESOL programs which included pull-out programs, push-in programs and self-contained ESL programs. (8) Pull-out, push-in and self-contained ESL programs yielded differences in student achievement with self-contained ESL programs having a higher overall score than the other two types of programs.
Further research was recommended.
0282: Bilingual education
0282: Multicultural education