ERIC Number: ED185693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The National Evaluation of the PUSH for Excellence Project. Technical Report 1: The Evolution of a Program.
Murray, Saundra R.; And Others
This report, the second in a series of six, describes the PUSH for Excellence (PUSH-EXCEL) Project--its origins, goals, approach, and extent of implementation. Each of the six reports tracks PUSH-EXCEL's progress in six sites: Chattanooga, Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Memphis. Chapter 1 discusses the social movement that became the Reverend Jesse Jackson's PUSH for Excellence Project. Chapter 2 considers PUSH-EXCEL's conceptual and structural approach and the local programs that are operationalizing it. Chapter 3 describes the first crucial sequence of PUSH-EXCEL, the implementation of activities to engage students, parents, schools, and communities in joint ventures to solve the problems of schools. This evaluation report concludes with the suggestion that PUSH-EXCEL may have succeeded as a "movement" based on an inspirational message that can motivate students, parents, and teachers to achieve high educational goals; however, as a "program," it lacks specifics whereby its objectives can be achieved, and operationally it is still in a developmental mode. A coherent program of parent, community, school, and student involvement has not evolved. The evaluators suggest that PUSH-EXCEL's proponents must determine whether it is to remain a movement or become a program as well. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles); Colorado (Denver); Illinois (Chicago); Missouri (Kansas City); Tennessee (Chattanooga); Tennessee (Memphis)