ERIC Number: ED460784
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Classroom Breakfast Scores High in Maryland: Findings from Year III of the Maryland Meals for Achievement Classroom Breakfast Pilot Program.
Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
In fall 1998, the Maryland State Department of Education and six schools began a pilot program to evaluate the impact of serving breakfast to students in the classroom as part of the school day. Students in participating schools have an opportunity to eat breakfast in their classroom each day at no charge, regardless of family income. The program, called Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA), has expanded to more than 90 participating schools for the 2001-2002 school year. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School continue to evaluate the program's effectiveness and have found the following: (1) tardiness declines; (2) suspensions decrease; (3) results of the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program (MSPAP) improved significantly more in MMFA schools than in a matched group of comparison schools; and (4) improved student performance in individual subject areas, although not statistically significant. Staff of MMFA schools also report the following positive changes: (1) improved learning environment; (2) improved student behavior; (3) improved student attentiveness; and (4) continued improvement each year of participation. (Includes parental response to the program, summary of the classroom component of the program, description of the diverse group of children served, sample menu items, funding sources for the program, and a summary of related research.) (SD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Breakfast Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, State Programs, Student Improvement
Maryland State Department of Education, Nutrition and Transportation Services Branch, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Tel: 410-767-0199; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Note: Findings cited from J. M. Murphy, et al., "Maryland Meals for Achievement Year III Final Report," October 2001. For earlier report on Classroom Breakfast see ED 446 818.