ERIC Number: ED251475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Area Reading Centers: A Study Conducted through the DCPS/University System Collaborative Effort.
This evaluation focuses on the efficiency and effectiveness of the four area reading centers of the Dade County Public Schools and their satellites. Data were collected during three days of visiting the centers. The principal conclusions of the study were: (1) the cost of the centers is high; (2) the number of students served is small; (3) the type of services offered at the centers does not differ appreciably, except in student-teacher ratios, from those available in the regular and compensatory programs; (4) the diagnostic techniques and instruments used in the centers are generally either out of date or of limited scope; (5) time spent transporting students to and from the centers results in a substantial loss of regular instructional time; and (6) there is insufficient supervision of center instructional staff and the lines of authority/responsibility lack clarity and consistency. The basic recommendation was to disband the centers at the end of the 1982-83 school year and redeploy existing staff to provide direct instructional inservice and diagnostic support to regular and compensatory students and teachers. (BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL. Office of Educational Accountability.