ERIC Number: ED406402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Connecticut Academy for Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology. Project CONNSTRUCT 1991 to 1996. Summative Evaluation.
Bruckerhoff, Charles; Bruckerhoff, Theresa
Connecticut was in the first round of states to be awarded an $8.6 million grant by the National Science Foundation for 5 years to change its system of education for improved teaching and learning in mathematics, science, and technology, with emphasis on improving the achievement of poor and minority children. A private firm evaluated this Statewide Systemic Initiative annually over the 5 years, focusing on four of its components: (1) creating change through the Connecticut Academy for Education in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; (2) forming higher education partnerships for elementary and secondary education; (3) creating change through science-rich institutions, schools, the family, and community; and (4) the campaign for public understanding. This evaluation effort did not focus on the program's component for enlivening mathematics and science learning and student assessment. Evaluation involved study of the program background, participants, objectives, operations, decision-making processes, and outcomes. It is concluded that Project CONNSTRUCT is a highly successful statewide systemic initiative. Key participants, major stakeholders, general participants, and a number of citizens of Connecticut and other states think it has met its objectives well, and it is seen by a broad constituency as a genuine advocate and broker for educational change in mathematics, science, and technology. Shortcomings were noted in the improvement of the achievement of poor and minority children and in the systemic reform of higher education. Challenges for the next 5 years are introduced. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Curriculum Research and Evaluation, Chaplin, CT.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut