ERIC Number: ED416218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Optional Extended Year Program. Feedback.
The Texas legislature and the State Board of Education, recognizing the need for an alternative to student retention, established the Retention Reduction Pilot Program to provide additional days of instruction for students in first grade who would otherwise have been retained. The Optional Extended Year Program (OEYP) was initiated to expand provisions for an optional extended year to students in kindergarten through grade 8. Since the Austin Independent School District (AISD) had participated in the pilot program, they were eligible for OEYP funding. This report describes and evaluates services through the OEYP program in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 school years. Funding was merged for the 2 years because districts received the initial allocation late in the 1995-96 school year. Most of the schools (25 elementary schools and 11 to 14 middle schools) used OEYP funds for summer programs, although some extended the school day or the school week. After participation in the OEYP, fewer than 1% of the students were retained. An examination of scores on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) indicated that the different programs were successful to varying degrees. TAAS reading scores for students who participated in intersession programs (intersessions for year-round schools) were generally higher, but mathematics scores were similar for the extended day programs and summer schools. Regardless of the type of program or subject, the OEYP achieved its greatest effects on TAAS scores at grade 6. (Contains eight figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Improvement, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended School Year, Federal Aid, Federal Legislation, Feedback, Low Income Groups, Mathematics, Private Schools, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Reading, School Holding Power, Summer Schools, Supplementary Education, Time Factors (Learning), Year Round Schools
Publication Type: 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