Grade 3 immersion students' performance in literacy ...



Title Grade 3 immersion students' performance in literacy and mathematics: Province-wide results from Ontario (1998-99)
Author(s) Miles Turnbull, Sharon Lapkin, Doug Hart
Journal Canadian Modern Language Review
Date 2001
Volume 58
Issue 1
Start page 9
End page 26
Abstract In 1996, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)(FN1) introduced a provincial testing program for all students at Grades 3 and 6 in Ontario. This created a unique opportunity to investigate French immersion students' performance on tests of English reading and writing and mathematics some 25 years after many of the large-scale evaluations of French immersion programs were first conducted. In this study, we compare immersion and non-immersion students' results on the Grade 3 tests in 1998-99. We also explore the results by immersion program type, that is according to (a) the grade at which English literacy instruction is introduced, and (b) the proportion of instructional time in English. The results from this study corroborate those of large-scale evaluation studies of French immersion programs conducted some 25 years ago. En 1996, l'Office de la qualite et de la responsabilite en education (OQRE) a introduit un programme provincial d' examens pour tous les eleves de troisieme et sixieme annee en Ontario. Ceci a cree une opportunite exceptionnelle, permettant d'obtenir des informations sur la performance des eleves inscrits en programme d'immersion lors de tests de lecture et d'ecriture en anglais, et lors de tests de mathematiques, et ceci 25 ans apres les premieres evaluations a grande echelle portant sur les programmes d'immersion. Dans cette etude, nous comparons les resultats des eleves d'immersion a ceux des eleves non inscrits en immersion, pour les tests de troisieme annee de 1998-99. Nous examinons egalement les resultats par categorie de programme d'immersion, c'est a dire selon (a) l'annee a laquelle on a introduit l'instruction en anglais pour la lecture et l'ecriture, et (b) la proportion du temps d'instruction en anglais. Enfin, nous presentons une analyse preliminaire des resultats de mathematiques selon la langue dans laquelle les tests ont ete donnes, i.e., francais ou en anglais. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

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