ERIC Number: ED318440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Support Academy. TEAMS Summer Academy, 1985-86. Final Report.
Houston Independent School District, TX.
A special 6-week program, designed to increase the scores of low achieving minority eighth-grade students on the ninth grade Texas Education Assessment of Minimum Skills (TEAMS) Test, was implemented in 1986 in the Houston Independent School District as "Summer Academies." The students, who voluntarily enrolled in the program, were primarily those with limited English-speaking proficiency and those with low ability levels who were interested in improving. Funded by an ECIA (Education Consolidation Improvement Act) Chapter 2 Desegregation Assistance Grant, the project capitalized on the talents of enthusiastic teachers, the capabilities of computers, and multimedia curriculum materials. Teachers were given considerable freedom to design daily lessons and activities, enough time to insure that students received the maximum impact from the project, and all necessary materials and hardware. The TEAMS program concentrated on test taking skills, specific subject areas, and improving study skills and study habits. The enthusiasm of teachers was high throughout the program, and the strong dedication and high motivation of the students who attended the program for 5 hours daily, five times a week, was evident. Teachers noted improvement in students' attitudes about learning, increased self-confidence, and benefits derived from the use of a multimedia teaching approach. (18 references) (SD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Educational Innovation, Experimental Teaching, Federal Aid, Junior High Schools, Minority Groups, Multimedia Instruction, Program Descriptions, Special Programs, State Programs, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Test Wiseness
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 2
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills