ERIC Number: ED177206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
When You Don't Plan To Be There Long: Evaluating Title I Mastery Learning Programs.
Hiscox, Suzanne B.; Williams, Barbara I.
Options are suggested for using and expanding upon the RMC models for evaluating the effectiveness of Title I mastery learning programs with planned high turnover of students. Examples are given of uses of the diagnostic and reporting systems for program planning and decision making. It is suggested that consideration be given to: (1) determining who to pretest and posttest; (2) whose scores to report; and (3) determining whether the data which are collected represent the program. Suggestions are also made for answering two additional questions related to mastery programs: whether mainstreamed students maintain their achievement, and the program's impact on students who are not mainstreamed. Procedures are recommended for evaluating mainstreamed students: student profiles; skills testing; normed achievement tests; records of mainstreamed students referred back to Title I programs; and comparison of students' grades before and after Title I program participation. To determine program impact on non-mainstreamed students, suggestions are made for using student profiles and attendance records. To document what occurs within the program, studies of time allocation and descriptions of instructional activities through self reports and observations are recommended. (Sample student and class profiles, based upon the Alaska Instructional Diagnostic System (AIDS), are appended.) (MH)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Attrition (Research Studies), Compensatory Education, Data Collection, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Mainstreaming, Mastery Learning, Models, Observation, Program Evaluation, Research Reports, Scores, Student Mobility, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; RMC Models
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (63rd, San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)