ERIC Number: ED307978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Schoolwide Projects: The Almost Revolution (?) Six Years Later.
Christner, Catherine A.
In an effort to determine if achievement gains of low-achieving Chapter 1 students could be bettered, the Austin Independent School District implemented Chapter 1 Schoolwide Projects (SWP) in two schools to reduce class size to 15 pupils per teacher. SWP teachers functioned as regular classroom teachers with students of mixed achievement. Chapter 1 students received supplementary reading instruction from Chapter 1 teachers. Because 90-95% percent of SWP students were Hispanic, analyses were restricted to include Hispanic students only. Analyses used were a regression approach to analysis of covariance, with the pretest score as covariate. A series of regression models was constructed with the posttest as the dependent variable. A systematic series of model comparisons resulted in discovery of the model which combined the best prediction of posttest scores with the fewest predictor vectors. The same comparisons have been made since 1980-81, the first year of the implementation of SWP in the district. Findings revealed few differences between SWP and regular Chapter 1, indicating that SWPs may be producing some reading achievement gains, but generally not significantly more than the less expensive Chapter 1 Program. Results are discussed in terms of achievement results, costs, findings from the literature, and political considerations. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Austin)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1