ERIC Number: ED346203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Summative Evaluation of the School Within-A-School (SWAS) Program: 1988-1989, 1989-1990, 1990-1991.
The School Within-a-School Program (SWAS) of the Kansas City (Missouri) Public Schools was established as an intervention/reform program, which became part of the court-ordered desegregation program, for at-risk students in grades 7 and 9. In the last year of evaluation, the group consisted of 678 students. This summative longitudinal evaluation examined the following four areas: (1) enrollment; (2) program implementation; (3) perceptions of program participants; and (4) achievement. Achievement test scores were within program guidelines, but scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills were higher for SWAS students during their participation than for their previous two school years. The SWAS helped students improve their attendance and grades, and many students felt it helped them improve their basic skills. Classroom observations showed evidence of successful implementation of the Linking Learning Model. Both administrators and teachers were committed to the goals and objectives of the program and were satisfied with the support provided by SWAS resource teachers, but they suggested major changes for the next year, including expanding to grade 10. Personnel selection and training were also considered in need of improvement. The findings support the conclusion that the district needs to ensure program stability for the SWAS program. Thirteen tables and seven bar graphs present study data. There are an eight-item list of references and two appendices with two tables of classroom observation comparisons and an overview of the SWAS approach for at-risk urban students. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Enrollment, Grade 7, Grade 9, High Risk Students, High Schools, House Plan, Junior High Schools, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Desegregation, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Summative Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas City School District, MO.