ERIC Number: ED359519
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul-13
Reference Count: N/A
Language Arts Grades 6-12. Program Evaluation 1992-93. Focus on Program Evaluation 93-144.
Wadden, Jerry M.
The Language Arts Supervisor of the Des Moines, Iowa Independent Community School District is responsible for supervising and coordinating all aspects of the middle and high school language arts program. Aspects of the program include curriculum development, instructional material selection and implementation, staff development, evaluation, and human resources. The primary budget expense is $5,880,574 for the salaries and benefits of 143 language arts teachers. The major influence of technology in language arts is in how the word processor can be used to better teach the writing process and in how computers have revolutionized high school journalism. Language arts is taught to all students in a variety of ways so that all of these students are expected to learn and can learn. Increasing numbers of students are doing well on the district objectives-based tests, the composition tests, and the national tests. A community survey conducted in 1990 continues to show the importance the community places upon language arts. The number of students winning awards in language arts--English, drama, forensics, journalism, and speech--continues to grow. The need for computer stations in the classrooms remains the top priority for the future. "Vision 2005" offers Des Moines the challenge of becoming a nationally recognized 21st century school district. (Numerous tables and graphs of data are included.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA. Teaching and Learning Div.