ERIC Number: ED193623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
ESAA Basic Summer School. Technical Report: 1979-80. Publication No. 80.19.
Porterfield, Craig; Eglsaer, Richard
A total of 359 retained seventh and eighth grade students from the Austin (Texas) Independent School District's junior high schools participated in a summer enrichment program that was designed to improve their basic skills and decision making skills and to provide them with a successful school experience. Diagnostic information was used to assign students to reading and mathematics classes, but assignment to decision making classes was done on a random basis. The academic classes were individualized as much as possible, while the decision making classes involved lectures, films, and student participation in decision making activities. Pre and posttest data included the reading comprehension, math concepts and problems, and math computation subtests of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), writing samples, and scores on a decision making test. The results showed that the program's objective of producing gains in 60% of the students was met on the math computation subtest of the ITBS and in writing ability, but not on the remaining subtests of the ITBS nor on the decision making test. The findings also revealed that seventh grade students showed significant improvement only on the math computation subtest, while eighth grade students improved significantly on all three subtests. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.