ERIC Number: ED394732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The New Expanded Opportunities Summer Program, 1995: Students' and Teachers' Perceptions.
Cheng, Maisy; Yau, Maria
In the summer of 1995, the Toronto Board of Education implemented its New Expanded Opportunities Summer Program in order to provide the best support possible, and the most effective use of students summer school time. This report outlines data from surveys disseminated to 415 students and 48 teachers during the final week of summer school. Survey results showed that summer school students, particularly those in grade 9, had positive attitudes about the program. Over three-quarters found the program helpful in improving literacy and numeracy skills. The majority also believed they would do better in reading, writing, and math the following year. Grade 9 students were more positive about the program than grade 8 students. Teachers surveyed named several features of the program that were positive, including administrative and staff support and, in some cases, small class size, while difficulties perceived included larger class sizes, the program's short timeframe, problems with student assessment profiles, the registration process, and lack of materials and resources. Despite problems, most teachers (97%) would like to see the program continued. Suggestions for further study included analyzing why grade 9 students were more positive than grade 8 in their assessments of the program. (BGC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toronto Board of Education (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Ontario; Toronto Board of Education ON