ERIC Number: ED311091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
A Tailored Educational Evaluation Program.
Burgess, Sandra E.
The systematic learning program developed and implemented at Columbia Heights Elementary School (CHES) in San Antonio (Texas) in 1986-87 and 1987-88 is described. CHES is located in a low socio-economic neighborhood made up of 99% Mexican Americans and was identified as having one of the lowest quartile test scores in the state in 1986. Forty-two percent of the students have been identified as limited English proficient students. The educational program was developed because of the growing demand for educational accountability by the district. The purpose of the program at CHES was to improve learning and instruction while concurrently providing children with test-taking skills. This paper describes the educational program and its effectiveness in raising academic achievement and standardized test scores. Over a 2-year period the program consisted of four project activities: (1) practice test program; (2) tutoring program; (3) weekly activities focused to improve test-taking skills; and (4) inservice teacher education on the writing process, on holistic grading, and on six correlates for effective schools. Results have been positive; test scores on achievement tests have improved significantly over the 2-year period. The campus atmosphere has changed dramatically; and parents, teachers, and administrators have become actively involved in helping children to learn and to succeed. Practice tests of minimum skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, and a campus action plan for grades 1 through 3 are appended. (TJH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Holistic Evaluation, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Limited English Speaking, Mexican Americans, Minimum Competency Testing, Primary Education, Test Coaching, Tutoring, Writing Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harlandale Independent School District, San Antonio, TX.