ERIC Number: ED372137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Compensatory Education (CE) Process Evaluation: Elementary and Secondary Programs, 1993-94.
Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.
The Thinking Skills Program of the Saginaw Public Schools was evaluated in a process evaluation. The School District of the City of Saginaw (Michigan) operates a supplemental educational delivery system in reading and mathematics that consists of Chapter-1 funded elementary and secondary compensatory education (CE). Elementary CE is both a push-in (operating in regular classrooms) and a pull-out program that serves 1,819 students in grades 1 through 5. The secondary CE is a self-contained classroom program that involves about 621 students in grades 6 through 8. The Thinking Skills Program (TSP) is part of the secondary CE. Questionnaires completed by 15 middle school teachers and 495 students, as well as interviews with 8 principals and classroom observations of 18 teachers provided evaluation data. Nearly 25 percent of teachers indicated that they had difficulty implementing TSP methods, and participating students still showed low achievement, particularly in reading. Recommendations for program improvement centered on these findings, and also supported the purchase of additional computers and supplies, better teacher training, better program management, and better reporting of testing results. Two text tables and eight in the appendixes present study findings. The eight appendixes contain checklists, questionnaire results, and teacher ratings. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Compensatory Education, Delivery Systems, Disadvantaged Youth, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary School Teachers, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Principals, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Public Schools, Questionnaires, Secondary School Teachers, Thinking Skills, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.