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ERIC Number: ED255284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 32
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The Future of Follow-Through.
Hilliard, Asa G., III
Project Follow Through has not yet been properly evaluated by researchers guided by appropriate assumptions. Tests used in the basic Follow Through evaluation had no clear relationship to most Follow Through programs. Still, conclusions of the evaluation have been presented with certainty and lead to the judgment that Follow Through does not work. Suggesting otherwise is the fact that, at some Follow Through sites, between 10 and 13 percent of the children have scored above the 50th percentile on the Metropolitan Achievement Test. This fact should be examined in detail through comparisons of high- and low-performing programs. There is much to recommend such a comparison. Certainly, it is not difficult to find educational data that reveal long-lasting, positive outcomes of good teaching for students thought to have limited potential for achievement. Along with a focus on child outcomes, future Follow Through evaluations should focus on teacher behavior and the way treatments, or models, are implemented. It will be absolutely necessary to insure that measurement instruments employed are appropriate to the task. The methodology for making precise comparisons among educational treatments presently exists. Contrary to generally held views of experts, Follow Through has not been a failure; Follow Through children have not failed to respond to good teaching. When educators become clear about the goals of education and commit themselves and their resources fully to good teaching, academic success for children will be assured. The alternative is a dangerous academic rationalization and legitimization of the status quo. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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