ERIC Number: ED164618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Alternative Programs, 1977-1978. Report #7819.
Vincenzi, Harry; Hoffman, Stuart
Alternative educational programs were offered in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania school district to help students whose needs were not being met through the regular programs. Of 29 alternative programs evaluated, 27 were fully implemented, one was partially implemented, and one was not implemented. The programs included: (1) disruptive behavior or truant programs; (2) individualized programs; (3) career training; and (4) general alternatives. Evaluations were conducted at one of two levels, according to priorities and budget restrictions--eleven programs received full evaluation services, and eighteen others received minimal services. Minimal evaluation services involved fewer site visits and emphasized the determination of program implementation. Evaluation criteria were based on California Achievement Test scores, attendance, behavior, and performance ratings. Data on the racial composition of each program were also obtained. Average daily attendance for program students was 82%, and the number of behavior problems was reduced. Achievement data generally indicated that alternative students improved at least at the same rate as students in traditional programs. Moreover, the alternative programs provided options which were unobtainable in a traditional school. Each program summary includes description, history, objectives, implementation, outcomes, attainment of objectives, and conclusions. (Author/GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); Philadelphia School District PA