ERIC Number: ED328641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Required Academic Proficiency (RAP) Program: Final Report.
Ronacher, Karl; And Others
The Required Academic Proficiency (RAP) program was established by the Houston (Texas) Independent School District to reduce and remediate the academic failure of students. The purpose of the RAP program was twofold: (1) to provide supplemental instruction to students identified as being at risk of failing academic subjects; and (2) to provide additional instructional support designed to increase the percentages of students mastering achievement tests. RAP sessions, which were held for seven Saturdays during the spring 1990 semester, offered instruction in the following content areas: (1) intensive achievement test preparation; (2) English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) reading development; (3) writing skills development; (4) fundamental concepts of mathematics; (5) study skills; (6) life skills; and (7) enrichment activities. This report evaluates the effectiveness of the RAP program. The tasks of the inquiry were to: (1) describe demographic data of program and comparison students; (2) analyze data collected for program and comparison students; and (3) conduct site visits to the five RAP academies. Findings indicate benefits for nontargeted students who attended RAP but no appreciable success in improving the grades of the targeted students. It is recommended that the program be redefined to encourage a more diversified student participation. The report includes statistical data in 28 tables and 9 graphs. (AF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.