ERIC Number: ED334079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Junior MESA Program: A Report to the Legislature in Response to Assembly Bill 610 (Hughes) of 1985 [Commission Report 89-30].
California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.
The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program was established in 1970 to increase the number of American Indian, Black, Mexican-American, and Puerto Rican students who graduate from a California university prepared to enter mathematics-based careers. Developed initially with an exclusive focus on high school students, MESA received Carnegie Foundation funds in 1983 to expand through the initiation of a pilot junior high school program. In 1985, Assemblywoman Teresa Hughes authored California Assembly Bill 610 that provided for the development of Junior MESA modeled upon the experience from the Carnegie-funded pilot projects. This legislation also directed the California Postsecondary Education Commission to evaluate the effectiveness of these pilot projects and to submit this report to the California Legislature, which includes: (1) explanations of the origin and the organization of this report; (2) characteristics of the program and demographics of the participating students; (3) assessment of the extent to which the program is achieving the original objectives; and (4) presentation of conclusions and recommendations to guide further development of California State policy with respect to Junior MESA. The major recommendation emerging from this evaluation is that, given its effectiveness, Junior MESA should be continued and expanded in order to link all California junior high schools from which students matriculate to senior high schools presently participating in the MESA program. Appended to the report are the text of Assembly Bill 610 and questionnaire and interview forms. (JJK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California State Postsecondary Education Commission, Sacramento.