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ERIC Number: ED132174
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Summary of Six Major Evaluation Reports on Follow Through in Philadelphia, 1974-1975. Report No. 7713.
This report is a non-technical summary of six major evaluation reports on the Follow Through Program in Philadelphia, 1974-75. Cross-sectional analyses of February, 1975 achievement data indicate that Total Follow Through exceeds Total Non-Follow Through performance in all test areas in kindergarten through second grade, but not in third grade. Behavior Analysis and Parent Implemented Models generally exceed their district non-Follow Through groupings at all grade levels, and rank first and second respectively, with the Bank Street Model in third place. Quasi-longitudinal analyses reveal that Head Start or equivalent experience, length of program exposure, and low absence rates are consistently associated with higher performance in reading and mathematics at all grade levels, K-6. Apparently there was sufficient program continuity to produce its intended longitudinal effect as 59% of the teachers and 64% of the pupils remained in the program over the four year span. In the program as a whole, 54% of all children had absence rates of 15 days or less. And, Head Start or equivalent experience is consistently associated with higher attendance. Supportive services information indicates that 71% of those referred were treated for medical problems and dental treatment was provided for 85% of the referrals. Pre-program questionnaires completed by principals, teachers and aides indicate that the majority of principals and teachers had positive attitudes towards the prospective program. (MV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Ancillary Services, Attendance, Comparative Analysis, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education, Mathematics, Models, Parent Participation, Primary Education, Program Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Reading, Summative Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)