National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
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31 p. Document downloaded from the Internet.
The primary purpose of this document is to suggest: (1) how the features of effective bilingual education programs can be applied to whole-school bilingual education programs; and (2) methods for assessing whether these features are working. The document begins by outlining indicators of effective bilingual education programs; the indicators fall into three areas: school context indicators (including ethos, management, and resources), school implementation indicators (including curriculum and instruction, staff, administrators, and parents), and student outcome indicators (including learning strategies and self-enhancement). Following definitions of common assessment terms, the paper briefly describes what the literature says about each indicator and its key features. The paper then introduces a variety of sample assessment methods that can be used to measure these features, as well as information on how to use these assessment approaches within a comprehensive evaluation plan. The document concludes by listing several implications for conducting a sound evaluation of whole-school bilingual education programs. (Contains 38 references.) (EV)