ERIC Number: ED251474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Evaluation of Operation Turnaround.
Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL. Office of Educational Accountability.
In April of 1980, the following goals were adopted for Operation Turnaround: (1) to raise significantly the achievement levels of students; (2) to develop positive staff perceptions with respect to the children they teach and the children's potential for growth; (3) to build at each school a cohesive, committed, and competent staff which would operate as a team; (4) to significantly increase parent involvement and to develop an improved sense of community pride; and (5) to instill in each child a love for learning and a belief in self-determination and achievement of goals. In order to accomplish these goals, staff changes were initiated, instructional materials were upgraded, physical plant repairs and improvements were begun, and a major inservice training program was provided in three of the Dade County Public Schools: Holmes Elementary, Little River Elementary, and Orchard Villa Elementary. The evaluation found no evidence, from the available data, that Operation Turnaround has had an impact on student performance on either the State Student Assessment Tests or the Stanford Achievement Tests. The teacher questionnaire variables did not show program-related differences. Data on school crime indicate a sharp decline in the total number of reported violent incidents for the last two years at Operation Turnaround schools in relation to previous years and in relation to the last two years at the comparison schools. (BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL. Office of Educational Accountability.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Florida State Student Assessment Test; Stanford Achievement Tests