ERIC Number: ED336848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Accelerated Schools--Evolving Thoughts on the Evaluation of an Innovative Model.
McCarthy, Jane; And Others
This paper briefly describes the Accelerated Schools Project, presents ideas concerning an appropriate evaluation model, and conveys some early results achieved across the nation. The Accelerated Schools model attempts to restructure schools with high concentrations of students in at-risk situations so that they enter the mainstream by the end of elementary school. Encompassing both a philosophy of accelerated achievement and a process for meeting this goal, the project transforms schools according to three basic principles: unity of purpose, empowerment with responsibility, and building on strengths. The standard evaluation model is inadequate to assess such an all-encompassing process. H. M. Levin and his associates have designed an overall evaluation model for accelerated schools comprising three distinct stages: decision-making, implementation, and student outcomes. Although no accelerated schools have completed a 6-year participation cycle, some promising results have emerged. A successful project in Houston, Texas, is described in detail, followed by "snapshots" of pioneering efforts in California, Missouri, and Illinois. Three appendices contain comparative data on the Houston experiment. (12 references) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Accelerated Schools Movement; Empowerment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).