ERIC Number: ED202607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Original Follow Through Program, 1979-1980. Technical Summary.
Results from the 1979-80 evaluation of Philadelphia's Follow Through program--part of a nationwide attempt to provide unique educational settings for low-income students in kindergarten through grade 3--are reported. The evaluation dealth with five components of the program: education, staff development, parent involvement, health and social services. Cross-sectional achievement data indicated that children in the Follow Through program outperformed Title I non-Follow Through children in both reading and mathematics at every grade level (1-3). Staff development information revealed that the majority of teachers and aides were satisfied with the services provided by resource/support personnel; priorities for future staff development were identified in the area of "dealing with suspected child abuse/neglect" for both teachers and aides, and "social behaviors, human relations" for aides. Parent involvement data indicated that a total of 24,679 parent volunteer hours were donated to the program, which averaged 11.62 hours per child enrolled. Health services information showed that 80% of the children received vision screening, 72% hearing screening, 50% growth screening, and 74% dental screening. Social service data indicated that 49% of the Follow Through families were identified as needing social service assistance and that 91% of these families received the necessary assistance. (Data tables are included for each component evaluated.) (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA. Office of Research and Evaluation.