ERIC Number: ED245303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Napa County Office of Education's Follow Through Staff Development Effort to Increase Student Learning Time and Achievement.
Stallings, Jane A.
This report assesses the effectiveness of the Napa County (California) Instructional Skills Staff Development Program, focusing on its impact on student achievement and student engaged rate in classrooms. The program, providing training for teachers and principals in administrative and instructional skills, is examined for outcomes in two schools, both with lower socioeconomic students. Data were collected on students' time on task, teachers' instructional interactions, and classroom management, and on general organizational climate and demography. Analyses focus on four major areas: (1) engaged-time rates in classrooms, (2) student achievement, (3) teacher implementation of the Instructional Skills program, and (4) correlations among the above three areas. Nine of the 14 teachers studied improved or maintained their instructional skills after returning to the classroom from the Instructional Skills program. Students in all but one classroom were more attentive during posttest than during pretest visits. Further, achievement scores show that the lowest and highest performing students made progress after implementation of the staff development program. For math, but not for reading, the program improved student engaged time and achievement. (JW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Techniques, Demography, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Observation, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Effectiveness, Staff Development, Teacher Attitudes, Time on Task
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).