ERIC Number: ED201709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Meeting Students' Needs in the Multiage Group Environment. E.S.E.A. Title IV-C. Final Evaluation Report, 1979-1980.
District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Div. of Research, Planning and Evaluation.
The purpose of the Meeting Students' Needs in the Multiage Group Environment (MSN) program was to provide an instructional system to meet the needs of elementary school students of differing achievement, age, and grade level who are in the same classroom. The program, for kindergarten through grade six, was characterized by an innovative management system, a procedure for continuous assessment of educational needs and achievement, an emphasis on the development of independent behavior, and the encouragement of parent and community involvement. MSN was evaluated through a procedure that called for the comparison of intended outcomes to actual outcomes. Findings from standardized tests of achievement indicated that students in grades one through four increased their percentile ranks in reading or mathematics or both. Similar gains were not observed for grades five and six. Two project-designed instruments developed to measure independence, self-reliance, and responsibility did not show significant gains, although positive trends were demonstrated. In response to a questionnaire, all teachers reported using some management techniques conducive to the development of independence and self-management in the classroom. (MK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Competency Based Education, Diagnostic Teaching, Elementary Education, Heterogeneous Grouping, Learning Centers (Classroom), Maturity (Individuals), Multigraded Classes, Parent Participation, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Self Control
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Div. of Research, Planning and Evaluation.
Identifiers: District of Columbia; Elementary Secondary Education Act Title IV
Note: For related documents, see ED 182 865, ED 184 206, ED 185 184, ED 188 354, ED 189 754, and UD 021 417-423.