ERIC Number: ED189149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Models for Determining School Effectiveness.
Frederiksen, John R.
A major purpose of the Search for Effective Schools Project has been to explore the truth of the following two propositions: that both pupil response to instruction and the delivery of instruction are functions of pupil background, prior knowledge and level of achievement. That is, the project sought to demonstrate the existence of effective schools in which teachers succeed in imparting the basic skills of reading and mathematics to both poor and non-poor children. One goal was to locate variables that describe the educational resources offered by a pupil's family, and that in the case of some schools, appear to limit their educational effectiveness in teaching the basic skills. Using the Michigan Educational Assessment Program tests, administered to 4th and 7th grade pupils, each background variable was separately used as a pupil classifier. The pupils were then divided into five levels on the basis of mother's and father's education. It was found that effective urban schools do exist, and achieve high levels of performance in reading and mathematics for all children they enroll, including those from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. (Author/GSK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Michigan Educational Assessment Program; School Effectiveness; Search for Effective Schools Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).