ERIC Number: ED355048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Blalock FIRST: A Collaborative Project between Georgia State University & the Atlanta Public Schools. Final Report.
Nurss, Joanne R.; And Others
This report describes Blalock FIRST, a 3-year collaborative research project designed to improve literacy skills of low-income, African American families living in a severely depressed urban housing project. Project implementation, and antecedents to the implementation, are described. Objectives of the project were to: (1) increase achievement in reading and mathematics of students in kindergarten through grade 7; (2) increase student attendance; (3) reduce the number of students in remedial programs; (4) increase student's self-esteem; (5) increase teacher expectations for student achievement; (6) implement the Classroom Improvement Support System project (CISS); (7) increase involvement and cooperation of students' families; and (8) increase community involvement in school activities. A narrative evaluation of the project, and a description of the ways in which project results were disseminated, are included. The report concludes with a summary and discussion of the project's impact, noting that all but one of the project objectives were achieved or partially achieved. Appendixes include charts describing programs and the implementation of objectives by year; and a list of dissemination efforts, including books, articles, media products, and conference presentations. (MM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance Patterns, Attitude Change, Black Family, Community Involvement, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Family Literacy, Information Dissemination, Literacy Education, Low Income Groups, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Expectations of Students
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Univ., Atlanta. Center for the Study of Adult Literacy.