ERIC Number: ED256804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the 1983-84 ECIA, Chapter II Teaching/Outreach/Parent Involvement/Skill Development Project.
Proller, Norman L.
This report describes and evaluates the 1983-84 TOPS (Teaching /Outreach/Parent Involvement/Skills Development) program in the Dade County Schools, Florida. Designed for severly emotionally disturbed elementary school students, its full services approach contained the following components: (1) a highly structured academic program employing intensive diagnostic/prescriptive evaluation used to develop individualized instructional objectives and lesson plans for each student; (2) a classroom behavior management system; (3) a bus behavior management system; (4) progress reviews and anecdotal behavioral records for every TOPS student; (5) development and implementation of parent training and support groups; and (6) individual and group counseling or therapy for selected students and families via contractual arrangements with community mental health agencies. Services were provided in two TOPS classes at both Ludlum and Howard Drive elementary schools. TOPS training staff also assisted other teachers of emotionally handicapped students. Although evaluation results indicated that all essential program elements were implemented at both sites, several facility improvements and staffing changes are recommended. Analysis also showed significant student improvement in most classroom behavior and individual achievement measures. Appendices contain: (1) TOPS students' diagnoses and previous placements; (2) copies of forms used in program implementation; and (3) TOPS parent training group questionnaire. (BS)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Behavior Disorders, Behavior Modification, Behavioral Objectives, Diagnostic Teaching, Elementary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Individualized Education Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Mental Health Clinics, Parent Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Psychologists, Special Education, Special Schools, Student Evaluation, Test Results
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL. Office of Educational Accountability.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 2