ERIC Number: ED338764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of HISD's Required Academic Proficiency Program 1990-91.
Dial, Micah; And Others
This paper evaluates the Required Academic Proficiency tutorial program, implemented in the Houston (Texas) Independent School District (HISD) to reduce academic failure. Students are eligible for the program if they are failing (scoring lower than 70 on a scale of 100). A total of 14,748 students, eligible and non-eligible, attended the tutorials during the 1990-91 academic year. The evaluation examines four research questions related to the effectiveness of the program in secondary schools. The independent variables are attendance and cost; grade improvement serves as the dependent variable. Although there are statistically significant results on some tests of the null hypotheses, the low correlation coefficients, large sample sizes, and low effect sizes indicate minimal gains in all content areas. Very low correlations, many of them negative, were found between grade improvement and cost per student hour between schools. An analysis of variance indicates a statistically significant difference between high schools and between middle schools in grade improvement. This study also reports the pass-fail rates of elementary schools. Breakdowns of grade, ethnicity, and gender are presented. The data are presented on 18 tables and two graphs. Twenty-four references are appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Competency Based Education, Ethnicity, High Risk Students, High School Students, Intermediate Grades, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Secondary Schools, Sex Differences, Student Improvement, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.