ERIC Number: ED361356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Measuring Opportunity To Learn in the Ten Schools Program.
Wasney, Trudy D.
The Milepost Testing Program of the Los Angeles Unified School District (California) is described. The district's Ten Schools Program was designed as an intervention to raise student achievement in 10 historically low-achieving inner-city schools, with a minimum 60-percent African American population. The Milepost Testing Program was conceived of as an inhouse system for monitoring student progress on instructional objectives for the 10 schools. Because program success was judged by achievement score gains, planners decided on a series of short multiple-choice criterion-referenced tests, rather than the yearly norm-referenced assessment. The machine-scored tests were aligned with curriculum and measured progress toward grade level. They were useful to central office administration, principals, and teachers. Although the program was designed as an intervention for African Americans, by the third year, enrollment was increasingly Hispanic American. Bilingual coordinators began to work on Spanish versions of the Milepost tests. Because there were many components of the Ten Schools Program, it is not realistic to attribute success to any one element. The testing program was influential in raising staff awareness of academic needs and the efficacy of their own instructional methods. By the fourth year of the program, achievement scores for the cohort entering as kindergartners had surpassed the expected fifth-year goal in math by 8 percentile points and were only 13 percentile points short of the fifth-year goal in reading (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Black Students, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Equal Education, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Inner City, Multiple Choice Tests, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Test Results, Test Use, Testing Programs, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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