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ERIC Number: ED011535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug-31
Pages: 67
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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A SPECIAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM GEARED TO EXCELLENCE FOR SCHOOLS IN TRANSITIONAL AREAS.
HELLER, BARBARA
A PROGRAM WHICH PROVIDED SUPERIOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO ELEMENTARY AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS WAS EVALUATED. THE SPECIAL SERVICES WERE PROVIDED SO THAT THE WHITE MIDDLE CLASS EXODUS FROM THESE SCHOOLS, IN WHICH EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT STANDARDS MAY HAVE FALLEN, WOULD BE CURTAILED. AS PART OF THE PROGRAM, ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL WERE ALLOTTED TO 116 SELECTED SCHOOLS TO REDUCE CLASS SIZE, OFFER CORRECTIVE READING PROGRAMS, PROVIDE TEACHING BY SUBJECT SPECIALISTS, SET UP GUIDANCE CLASSES AND INCREASE COUNSELING SERVICES, EXPAND THE LIBRARIES, AND FACILITATE SPECIAL CLASSES AND CLUBS. THE PROGRAM EVALUATION WAS BASED ON MATERIAL PROVIDED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION--PRINCIPALS' QUESTIONNAIRES, SCALES FOR TEACHERS' RATING OF PUPILS, AND SCHOOL DATA ON ETHNIC COMPOSITION, READING AND ARITHMETIC ACHIEVEMENT, CLASS SIZE, AND ATTENDANCE. MOST OF THE PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS FELT POSITIVELY ABOUT THE PROGRAM'S EFFECTIVENESS (THE IMPROVED READING PERFORMANCE, DEVELOPMENT OF A MUSIC PROGRAM, SMALLER CLASSES, AND MORE PREPARATION TIME FOR TEACHERS), ALTHOUGH THE AUTHOR FELT THAT INTERIM DATA DID NOT APPEAR TO JUSTIFY SUCH OPTIMISM. LACKING 1966 ETHNIC CENSUS FIGURES, THE AUTHOR WAS UNABLE TO EVALUATE THE SUCCESS OF THE PRIMARY GOAL--TO STEM THE WHITE MIDDLE-CLASS EXODUS. IN ADDITION, THE INSTRUMENTS USED IN THE STUDY WERE NOT SUFFICIENTLY INCLUSIVE AND THE TEST DATA LACKED ADEQUATE CONTROL FEATURES. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: Center for Urban Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; New York (New York)