ERIC Number: ED108377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan-29
Reference Count: N/A
Determining Cost Effectiveness in Reading Instruction: A Feasibility Study. Final Report.
Forbes, Roy H.
The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of a cost-effectiveness analysis approach. Eight instructional alternatives within three primary reading programs were studied in the Louisville Public Schools. Data collected covered program description and implementation, student characteristics, effectiveness measures, and costs. Program implementation data were used to adjust effectiveness measures. Students were grouped using characteristic data. By dividing the mean adjusted effectiveness measures by the per-pupil-program costs, a set of cost-effectiveness ratios was calculated that could be used to compare programs. The study generated information that indicates the possible feasibility of the approach. The utilization of three of the four data types suggested in determining the cost-effectiveness of instructional programs was successfully implemented. The utilization of a fourth type, implementation data, was not adequately accomplished. Therefore, the feasibility of the approach was not completely demonstrated. However, the study does suggest a high likelihood of feasibility and has pinpointed areas of implementation difficulties. Hopefully, the results of this effort, both negative and positive, will assist in the development of a cost-effective methodology that can be used by the education practitioner. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Louisville Public Schools, KY.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Kentucky (Louisville)