ERIC Number: ED056250
Record Type: RIE
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Case Studies in Educational Performance Contracting. Part 4. Gary, Indiana.
Hall, G. R.; Rapp, M. L.
In September 1970, Behavioral Research Laboratories of California (BRL) assumed jurisdiction over the entire curriculum at the Banneker School in Gary, Indiana. The elementary school resembles most well-maintained, well-supported surburban schools, with the one exception that the student body and most of the faculty are black. The program as contracted envisioned the use of the well-known Sullivan programed learning texts for reading and mathematics, plus the development of materials for individualized instruction in other areas. By the end of the first year of operation, instruction in areas other than reading and mathematics was relatively conventional. The teaching/learning process at Banneker is substantially different from that in the conventional school: (1) there is a much greater emphasis on materials; and (2) there is more flexibility, with emphasis on small-group instruction, a greater span of ages within groups, and differential staffing. The authors report results at the end of the first year of the program show average gains of 1.7 achievement years in reading and mathematics for grade 1 students, and 0.7 for reading and 1.2 for mathematics for grades 2 through 6. Two features of the program that appear to be having district-wide impact are the use of curriculum consultants and the emphasis on special education support within regular classrooms. For related documents, see ED 056 247, 248, 249, 251, and 252. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Case Studies, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Curriculum, Flexible Scheduling, Individualized Instruction, Learning Processes, Mathematics Instruction, Performance Contracts, Program Evaluation, Programed Instructional Materials, Reading Instruction, Textbooks
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Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers: Banneker Elementary School IN; Indiana; Indiana (Gary)