ERIC Number: ED414324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
ExceL Grant Evaluation Report, Year I, 1996-97. Publication Number 96.14.
ExceL grants are a local funding initiative of the Austin Independent School District (Texas) designed to improve student achievement at the elementary level. Schools submit proposals for the 4-year grants, and the amount of the grant is determined based on the number of students not meeting minimum expectations on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). At the end of the first year of grants, each school was asked to respond to open-ended questions about its ExceL program. This evaluation reports on gains in mathematics and reading, with writing improvement reported for some schools. Of the 66 campuses receiving ExceL funds from 1995-96 to 1996-97, 53 (80%) reported overall improvement in mathematics of one TAAS percentage point or more and 54 (82%) reported overall improvement in reading. Improvements were also reported by ethnic group and for low-income students. A number of campuses far exceeded the ExceL goal of improvement by 7 TAAS percentage points. Results are summarized for the 20 campuses making the greatest improvements. Project reports and TAAS results are also reported for the individual campuses. An appendix gives TAAS pass rates by subject area, grade level, and student group. (Contains 68 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Accountability, Student Services, and Research.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Assessment of Academic Skills