ERIC Number: ED337252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Project SAIL: The First Two Years, 1987-88 and 1988-89.
Jarvis, Carolyn H.; And Others
This report describes and evaluates Project SAIL, a collaborative project of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the New York City Board of Education. It is an ungraded primary unit for children from ages five through eight located at Public School 41, District 23 in Brooklyn. The project stresses school-based planning and shared decision-making, rather than centralized planning, in the public schools. At the end of the program's first year, over 80 percent of the teachers believed that students' achievement and attitudes toward school had improved. Children showed improvement in social skills as measured by a child behavior rating scale. A larger percentage of children had attendance rates greater than 90 percent in 1987-88 than in 1986-87. On the Metropolitan Achievement Test, kindergarten children scored above grade level in language, and first graders scored below grade level in reading. At the end of the second year, the percentage of second and third graders reading at or above grade level increased from 25 percent to 36 and 39 percent, respectively. In the 1988-89 school year, 54 percent of second graders and 68 percent of third graders scored at or above grade level on the citywide mathematics test, while only a third of the students had done so the previous year. Several recommendations for program improvement are offered, and a list of five references is included. (BC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrators, Attendance, Elementary School Students, Interpersonal Competence, Nongraded Instructional Grouping, Nontraditional Education, Parent Participation, Primary Education, Program Effectiveness, School Based Management, Student Improvement, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.