ERIC Number: ED380522
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Third-Year Evaluation of the Nine-Site Program Improvement Initiative.
Chimerine, Carrie B.; And Others
The Nine-Site Program Improvement Initiative evaluated in this report was a 3-year venture in which federal contractors provided technical assistance to schools. The contractors, Chapter 1 Technical Assistance Centers (TACs) and Rural Technical Assistance Centers (RTACs) received about $60,000 per year for their work with each site, which included several schools. Participating schools had programs funded by Chapter 1 that had been identified as needing improvement on the basis of inadequate gains in student performance. Five sites were large urban districts (Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Dade County, Florida). Three sites included relatively small isolated rural schools (Pike County, Kentucky; a cluster of schools in Southeastern Iowa; and 9 schools in 6 districts in the Mississippi Delta). Seven schools administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs comprised the ninth site. Although there were positive outcomes of the initiatives, including increased understanding of the requirements of Chapter 1, a central finding is that technical assistance had limited impact in these schools. Reasons for these limited effects are discussed. They center on the facts that the assistance conformed to conventional models of external assistance and school change and that clear, long-range visions were not available. An appendix presents 18 tables of study findings. (Contains 8 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Rural Schools, School Restructuring, Technical Assistance, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of the Under Secretary.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1