Date Approved

5-31-2005

Embargo Period

4-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Elementary School Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Molinari, Louis

Subject(s)

Education, Bilingual; Fifth grade (Education)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this pilot study was to examine whether or not the length of time spent in a bilingual program had any effect on the academic achievement of students when they were placed in English-only classes. Six fifth grade Hispanic students and three classroom teachers participated in the study. Brief classroom observations were conducted. Testing results were collected for three different tests along with report card grades. All data were recorded and interpreted by the researcher. Narrative explanations were provided along with tables for clarification. Results indicated that although the majority of the subjects received passing report card grades, the Terra Nova test scores were below average, along with the NJASK testing results. Also, the English fluency assessment (MAC II) reported that only two of the six subjects passed the fifth grade test. Even though some trends were found, the application of the ANOVA indicated that there was no significant difference between the three groups of subjects who had been in the bilingual program for 2, 3 and 4 years in regard to their academic achievement in the English-only classes.

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