ERIC Number: ED226926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Summary Findings for Summer 1980 Mini-Corps Outdoor Education Program.
The evaluation aimed to develop and field test measurement instruments to assess student achievement and program performance. The former evaluation goal was designated greater priority during the 1980 summer term, with the intent of shifting priority to program performance the next year. A mastery test, designed to assess student performance, was field tested at six California Mini-Corps Outdoor Education camps operated during the summer. The field test was conducted to answer three basic questions: Can the test be administered in 20 minutes? Do test items appropriately measure student knowledge of specified concepts and terms? How do outdoor education students perform on the mastery test compared to similar students not participating in the outdoor education program? The test was administered to 837 migrant students receiving camp experience and to 249 students attending the same feeder elementary schools but receiving no camp experience. Results demonstrated significantly higher scoring levels for students receiving camp experience. Related results demonstrated lower average scores for Spanish speaking students even though the tests were administered in Spanish versions for them. Supervisor ratings of teacher assistant performance (7 team leaders rating 66 teacher assistants) tended to be high and at levels generally expected for Mini-Corps assistants. (NQA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Bureau of Community Services and Migrant Education.
Authoring Institution: California Mini Corps, Oroville.