ERIC Number: ED337344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Chapter 1 in Three Easy Steps: A Manual for Rural Chapter 1 Teachers and Coordinators.
Kalkowski, Page; And Others
This manual is designed to help rural Chapter 1 program staff effectively run their programs. Upon reviewing the history of the Chapter 1 legislation and program, the document stresses program design, evaluation, and improvement as three easy ways to understanding the Chapter 1 program. Program design should determine the district eligibility for the program, based on the number of children in poverty and the numbers of neglected or delinquent children. A needs assessment must be conducted to the selected districts to select students and identify instructional areas, grade levels, and educational needs. Application for funds must detail the process of services and specify the desired outcomes. A 1985 survey of Chapter 1 programs provides data that characterize the effective organization and instruction of the program. To apply the model to rural Chapter 1 programs, communication among agencies and management of mobile students are crucial. Program evaluation involves appropriately administered tests for specific purposes, with particular attention to the grade level, testing cycle, and test selection and test bias. The annual review must address performance in basic and advanced skills, progress in desired outcomes, and parental involvement. Program improvement entails improvement planning at local and state levels. At local level, key teachers, administrators, parents, and consultants collaborate to: (1) identify current status of the program; (2) focus on areas that most need improvement; (3) review research of effective programs; (4) develop and implement a systematic plan; and (5) develop a monitoring and evaluation plan. This manual lists computer software for evaluation and reporting. (GGH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Chapter 1 Rural Technical Assistance Center, Portland, OR. Region 6.
Identifiers: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1