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ERIC Number: ED001566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 31
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REPORT OF EVALUATION OF SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS AT MADISON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE SCHOOL YEARS OF 1962-63 AND 1963-64.
MOST CHILDREN WHO ENTER MADISON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL ARE BELOW THEIR GRADE LEVELS IN READING AND LANGUAGE SKILLS. THE 1962-63 CORE PROGRAM WAS OFFERED TO SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADERS WHO WERE PERFORMING AT APPROXIMATELY ONE YEAR BELOW GRADE LEVEL IN BASIC SKILL AREAS. THEY RECEIVED ALL INSTRUCTION IN REQUIRED ACADEMIC SUBJECT AREAS IN THE "CORE" CLASSES AND WERE TAUGHT BY A TEAM OF TWO OF THREE TEACHERS INCLUDING A REMEDIAL READING SPECIALIST. IN THE SECOND YEAR THE ORGANIZATION OF THE PROJECT WAS CHANGED, AND, UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, ALL OF THE SEVENTH GRADE CLASS RECEIVED SPECIAL READING INSTRUCTION IN PROJECT READING CLASSES. CONSIDERABLE USE WAS MADE OF FILMSTRIP MACHINES AND TACHISTOSCOPIC DEVICES, INDIVIDUAL AND SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION WAS GIVEN. THE PRESENT EVALUATION ATTEMPTS TO DETERMINE (1) IF THE "CORE TYPE" PROGRAM, UTILIZING THE TEAM-TEACHING APPROACH WITH MAJOR EMPHASIS ON LANGUAGE ARTS, WAS SUCCESSFUL IN CHANGING THE DEPRESSED ACHIEVEMENT STATUS OF THESE PUPILS, (2) IF THE SECOND YEAR PROGRAM HAD A SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE SEVENTH GRADE STUDENTS, AND (3) IF THE REACTIONS OF THE PARENTS OF STUDENTS RECEIVING SPECIAL INSTRUCTION WERE FAVORABLE. STANDARDIZED READING TESTS OF SPEED, COMPREHENSION AND VOCABULARY, AND ACHIEVEMENT TESTS IN VARIOUS ACADEMIC AREAS WERE USED IN THE EVALUATION. EVIDENCE SHOWED THAT STUDENTS IN THE CORE PROGRAM MADE NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN STANDINGS, AND MADE WHAT MAY BE CONSIDERED NORMALLY EXPECTED PROGRESS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. HOWEVER THERE WERE POSITIVE INDICATIONS OF SUPPORT FROM THE PARENTS OF PUPILS WHO WERE INVOLVED, AND THEIR RESPONSES TO QUESTIONNAIRES ALSO INDICATED POSITIVE ATTITUDE CHANGES AND INCREASED READING HABITS IN THEIR CHILDREN. SEVENTH GRADERS IN THE 1963-64 PROGRAM MADE SATISFACTORY PROGRESS IN THE SPEED AND COMPREHENSION SUBTESTS OVER A PERIOD OF EIGHT SCHOOL MONTHS. THE APPENDIX CONTAINS QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS AND RESPONSES.
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Identifiers: California (Oakland)