ERIC Number: ED353680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Priority Schools: The Fifth Year.
Christner, Catherine; And Others
In April 1987, the Austin school board approved the current student assignment plan, which returned most elementary students to their neighborhood schools and created 16 predominantly minority schools with many students from low-income families. This report summarizes the outcomes of a 5-year plan, "A Plan for Educational Excellence," in each of the 16 priority schools. Methodology involved an employee school climate survey, a survey of parents of priority and other elementary students, and an analysis of school effectiveness reports, student standardized test scores, and various school records. The district provided priority schools with full-day prekindergarten classes, a lowered pupil-teacher ratio across all grade levels, innovative funds and extra support staff, and extra support and directives from the central office. Major findings indicate that: (1) five schools failed to demonstrate improvement in low-achieving students; (2) the overall TAAS (Texas Assessment of Academic Skills) scores of priority schools were lower than district levels; (3) priority schools as a group increased in the percent exceeding expectations for reading and mathematics achievement, but decreased in language achievement; (4) in priority schools, kindergarten students made gains in achievement test scores but prekindergarteners' scores decreased; and (5) priority school students' median scores on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS)/Norm-Referenced Assessment Program for Texas (NAPT) improved since 1987. Other outcomes include slightly higher teacher and student attendance in priority schools, positive parent opinions about both priority and other elementary schools, and the existence of various multicultural education activities in all 16 priority schools. Attachments contain statistics on achievement test results, various school reports, and survey data. (Contains 13 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Excellence in Education, Low Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Student Evaluation
Austin Independent School District, Office of Research and Evaluation, 1111 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.