ERIC Number: ED254912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Summer School Pilot Program: Final Study Report as Reported by the State Board of Education. Submitted to the Governor, Lt. Governor and the Sixty-Ninth Legislature.
Texas State Board of Education, Austin.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Twenty-three Texas school districts conducted state-funded pilot projects in 1982 and 1983 to determine whether summer school programs could successfully remediate the needs of students who were retained in grade or had failed a required course, who were functioning greatly below their peers in skill attainment, or who were identified as having limited English proficiency. Each participating district evaluated its own project using a standard evaluation design. Data were collected on both participating students and eligible but nonparticipating students. The projects generally proved successful, with significant growth seen in basic skill acquisition at the elementary level and in course credit acquisition at the secondary level. Students who participated were found to perform more effectively in the subsequent school year than those who did not. Projects focusing on a limited number of basic skills objectives, actively involving students, and offering meaningful rewards for success were most effective in basic skills development. Projects strengthening self-concept and eagerness to learn were most effective in motivating students to continue learning after the projects. Per pupil costs were significantly lower than costs associated with having students repeat grades. An appendix provides individual project reports for each of the participating districts. (PGD)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Basic Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Limited English Speaking, Low Achievement, Performance Factors, Pilot Projects, Program Costs, Remedial Programs, School Districts, Skill Development, State Programs, Student Motivation, Success, Summer Programs
Publications Distribution Office, Texas Education Agency, 201 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701 (Publication No. TEA-GE5-140-03, $1.00; limited supply on hand).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Board of Education, Austin.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.