ERIC Number: ED338778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Preliminary Evaluation of Office of Academic Achievement's Programs 1990-1991. Report No. 91-4.
Three programs sponsored by the Seattle (Washington) public schools' Office of Academic Achievement were evaluated: the Academic Achievement Project, Early Childhood Model (ECM) Schools, and Pilot Projects. Academic Achievement projects were designed to increase the academic achievement of at-risk learners and to decrease disproportionality. The ECM is a philosophy of early childhood education organized around a set of core characteristics. There were five pilot projects: two were building-based methods for restructuring schools; one focused on oral language and multicultural history; one was a computer-aided instruction system; and another was library based and encouraged parents reading with their children. Data were collected through interviews, observations, teacher questionnaires, and score analysis. The following were the major findings: (1) change was slow and gradual; (2) ease of implementation of the pilot projects was varied; (3) some classroom attitudes began to change; (4) there were no measurable effects on achievement gains or any reduction in disproportionality; and (5) there were substantial correlations between the level of implementation and achievement gains: as the level of implementation increased, achievement gains increased. The report includes four references and a table summarizing the data. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, High Risk Students, Multicultural Education, Parent Participation, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Districts, School Restructuring, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seattle Public Schools, WA.