ERIC Number: ED240225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
National Evaluation of the PUSH for Excellence Project. Final Report.
Murray, Saundra R.; And Others
This final report for the PUSH-EXCEL project was designed to provide readers with an idea of the major actors and events that shaped the project's history and implementation, and to describe results of a 3-year evaluation of its impact (Chapter 1). Chapter 2 describes the original impetus for PUSH-EXCEL as arising from the Reverend Jesse Jackson's organization for social activism among black Americans and reviews Jackson's principles regarding the role of blacks in social and educational change. Chapter 3 concerns events which transformed the project into a mass program with substantial federal funding. Chapter 4 focuses on two implementation sites--Chattanooga and Denver--in which PUSH-EXCEL began in 1979, and briefly contrasts these sites with previously established programs in Chicago, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. Chapters 5 and 6 then detail the evaluation design and the findings regarding the impact of PUSH-EXCEL on student behavior, motivation, responsibility, and achievement. Student, parent, and teacher attitudes toward the project are also described. The concluding chapter, chapter 6, discusses the project from two perspectives; as a federally funded demonstration and as a social/educational movement. Appendices include (A) project chronologies from Chattanooga, Denver, and Memphis; (B) site synopses from Chattanooga, Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, and Los Angeles; (C) a description of the Kansas City program; (D) the Los Angeles case study; (E) quantified data on PUSH-EXCEL's impact; (F) instruments for collecting interview and questionnaire data; and (G) instruments for collecting observational data. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Washington, DC. Inst. for Neighborhood Initiatives.
Identifiers: Push for Excellence Program