ERIC Number: ED353958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Project A+, Elementary Technology Demonstration Schools, 1991-92: The Second Year.
Nichols, Todd; Frazer, Linda
The Elementary Technology Demonstration Schools program, where four elementary schools were equipped with computer hardware and software, was made possible by grants from IBM and Apple, Inc. The goals of the program were, in 3 years, to reduce by 50% the number of students not in their age appropriate grade level and those students not achieving on grade level in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics; develop a comprehensive teacher training program for effective implementation and classroom use of technology; and demonstrate to the community the educational benefits of technology. This report uses ROPE (Report on Program Effectiveness) comparisons, ROSE (Report on School Effectiveness) scores and comparisons, and standardized test results to describe student achievement after the second year of implementation and the first full year of computer usage by the students. A description of project implementation includes logs of computer use and employee survey responses as well as discussions of campus computer issues, training, parent take-home computers, telephone installation, and restructuring issues. Noting that the program has not yet provided the benefits envisioned, the report suggests that a long term view may be necessary to judge program effects adequately. Recommendations are given based on the findings of this report. Six appendixes contain the statistical data collected and 20 figures illustrate the findings. An executive summary of the report is also provided. (Contains 4 references.) (ALF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Grade Placement, Basic Skills, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Microcomputers, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, School Surveys
Austin Independent School District, Office of Research and Evaluation, 1111 West 6th Street, Austin, TX 78703 (Publication Number 91.30).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: International Business Machines Corp., New York, NY.; Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA.
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.