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ERIC Number: ED361126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 102
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Texas/Montana Summer Distance Learning Pilot Project: "From the Lone Star to the Big Sky."
Contreras, Frank
The Texas/Montana Distance Learning Project was a summer (1992) pilot program administered by the Texas Education Agency in collaboration with the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Targeted participants were children of migratory workers who attended Texas schools, but were living temporarily in Montana during the early summer. The goals of the project were: (1) to improve the success rate of migrant students who were in Montana during the summer and had not passed the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS), a requirement for high school graduation; and (2) to demonstrate the feasibility of using distance learning as a viable instructional system for migrant students. Students at six Montana sites were instructed in reading, writing, and math by Texas teachers for 4 weeks through live, interactive television broadcast via satellite. Teacher-partners at the six sites were responsible for keeping students on task, helping the television teacher determine viability of activities, and implementing warm-up and follow-up activities before and after broadcasts. Sample TAAS tests were administered at the beginning and conclusion of the project. Staff evaluations and student test results indicate the project was successful in delivering relevant instruction and increasing test scores of the 92 elementary and 66 secondary Texas migrant students who participated. This report contains pre- and posttest scores, samples of students' work, TAAS instructional objectives, and contact lists for the project. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Migrant Education.; Texas Migrant Interstate Program, Pharr.
Identifiers - Location: Montana; Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Assessment of Academic Skills