ERIC Number: ED348966
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Computers Unlimited Magnet Elementary Schools 1990-1991. Formative Evaluation.
Two Computers Unlimited elementary magnet schools have completed their first year of operation as part of the Long-Range Magnet School Plan in the Kansas City School District. The curriculum for the Computers Unlimited theme emphasizes basic skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. This formative evaluation report addresses the questions of enrollment and desegregation goals at the two schools; Computers Unlimited program implementation progress; the perceptions of parents, students, and teachers participating in the program; and levels of student achievement based on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), Missouri Mastery and Achievement Test (MMAT), and Degrees of Reading Power (DRP). Results of this study indicate that implementation is progressing despite delays; progress has been made toward the minority and non-minority enrollment goals at one of the schools; student achievement was mixed at both schools; parents felt that more external recruitment through public sources was needed; parents and students were generally satisfied with the program; and teachers were considerably less satisfied with the program than parents and students, with teacher survey results indicating a lack of commitment to the theme and a lack of personal or professional challenge. Four figures and 15 tables--which include survey questionnaires with tallies of the responses--display the results of the data analyses. (ALF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Science Education, Critical Thinking, Elementary Education, Enrollment Trends, Formative Evaluation, Magnet Schools, Mastery Learning, Mathematics Achievement, Microcomputers, Problem Solving, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Reading Improvement, School Desegregation, Standardized Tests, Surveys, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas City School District, MO.