ERIC Number: ED200626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of Competency-Based School Programs in a Learning for Mastery Setting.
Strasler, Gregg M.; And Others
The Competency-based Middle School Program (grades 6-8) and the Competency-based Secondary School Project (grades 9-11) were funded by the South Carolina State Department of Education under the Elementary Secondary Education Act Title IV-C. These programs were to provide instruction based on the principles of mastery learning in helping middle school students gain the necessary skills in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies to continue learning in the school environment, and to equip secondary school students with skills in language arts, mathematics, consumer economics, and citizenship that they will need as citizens, consumers, and employees. Evaluation utilizing comparison group designs were conducted, and compared the performance of students receiving corrective instruction with an equivalent control group who had not. Results of analysis of data from locally developed summative tests revealed positive trends in the attainment of competencies in mathematics (grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), science (grades 6, 8), social studies (grade 6), language arts (grades 9, 10, 11), and consumer economics (grade 9), but not in language arts (grades 6, 7, 8), science (grade 7), social studies (grades 7, 8), and citizenship (grade 9). (Author/RL)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Citizenship Education, Compensatory Education, Competency Based Education, Consumer Education, Elementary Secondary Education, High Schools, Language Arts, Mastery Learning, Mathematics, Middle Schools, Minimum Competency Testing, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, Science Education, Social Studies
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title IV; South Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).