ERIC Number: ED214996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Cause for National Pause: Title I Schoolwide Projects.
Doss, David; Holley, Freda
Recent Title I regulations have allowed local school districts to use Title I funds to establish schoolwide projects to upgrade the educational program for the entire school, not just for targeted students. Austin, Texas, used Title I and local funds to establish two schoolwide projects where pullout programs were ended and the pupil/teacher ratio was lowered to 15-to-1. Evaluation findings showed that: (1) the lower pupil/teacher ratio gave a meaningful boost to achievement in reading, language, and math; (2) the project teachers had very high morale and felt more effective in their work; (3) the lower pupil/teacher ratio may have had more impact on the quality of instruction (less off-task time, better teacher monitoring of work, earlier corrective feedback, fewer adults with instructional responsibility for the child, fewer disruptions, etc.) than on its quantity; (4) the program is expensive; and (5) adequate classroom space can be a problem. Implications of the findings for planning Title I Programs are briefly discussed. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Elementary Secondary Education Act Title I; Texas (Austin)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982); Small print, pages 40-46.