ERIC Number: ED056818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul-1
Reference Count: 0
Project Catch-Up, June 1966 to June 1970: An Educational Program for Socially Disadvantaged Thirteen and Fourteen Year Old Youngsters. A Progress Report....
Mason, Evelyn P.
After discussing the view that ethnic and socioeconomic status are, undesirably, predictive of academic success (e.g., only 3 or 4% of the Indians in Northwest Washington were high school graduates at the time of writing), this document sketches the rationale and methods of Western Washington State College's (WWSC) Project Catch-Up (PCU). Described as a 6-week summer residence program for junior high age youth who came from backgrounds of ethnic minority status or poverty and who exhibit high potential but low achievement, PCU provided formal instruction in the areas of language arts, art, science, and math. It is reported that PCU, a demonstration project in 1966 and 1967, became in 1968 a 5-year project with a 10-year follow-up evaluation; this progress report describes the 1969 summer program and presents a follow-up evaluation (as of June 1970) of participant groups from 1966 to June 1970. Although 4 standardized tests (administered yearly) were to be part of the follow-up since 1968, results "have not been completely analyzed and will be reported at a later date." After discussing dropout rates and mean grade point averages for the participant groups from 1966 to June 1970, the report concludes that PCU seems to be successful in effecting better school retention. Appended are 1969-70 PCU expenditures, a description of WWSC's Fellowship Program for Experienced Teachers of the Disadvantaged, and a paper on the results of the 1968 and 1969 administrations of the California Psychological Inventory. (The other 3 standardized tests are the California Mental Maturity Test and the California Achievement Tests of Reading and Arithmetic.) A related document is RC 005 774. (BO)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, American Indians, Anglo Americans, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged, Followup Studies, Individualized Instruction, Junior High School Students, Mexican Americans, Motivation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Psychological Testing, Self Concept, Summer Programs, Teacher Education, Test Results, Underachievement
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Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Western Washington Univ., Bellingham.