ERIC Number: ED419829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Title I Middle Schools Evaluation, 1997-98. Publication Number 97-03.
Curry, Janice; Griffith, Julia; Washington, Wanda; Zyskowski, Gloria
The Austin Independent School District (AISD) adopted the middle school concept in 1987-88. Generally, the middle school setting serves students between the ages of 11 and 14 and includes grades 6 through 8. In 1995-96, five middle schools met the criteria for funding under Title I. To make middle schools more responsive to the special needs of adolescents, the AISD has initiated many changes in recent years. Academic teams of teachers use interdisciplinary approaches to ensure academic excellence for all students. Homerooms, or advisories, meet at many of the middle schools to involve students in activities that strengthen self-concept and develop academic and personal skills. The Title I evaluation staff designed interview and survey instruments to evaluate the five middle schools. All of these schools had received unacceptable ratings by the Texas Education Agency in 1995. The schools were implementing practices and programs to deal with the unique challenges of their campuses. Some of the innovative approaches included block scheduling, dress codes, tutoring programs, pre-advanced placement classes, technology integration programs, adult literacy and General Education Development classes, and school organization models. Title I funds made most of these innovations possible. Principals and teachers at all the schools felt that parent participation was improving. Strong leadership at all schools appeared to be working toward academic improvement, and an atmosphere of change was apparent at each of the schools. Recommendations are made for continued use of Title I funds. Appendixes contain the teacher and principal surveys from the evaluation and the districtwide coordinated survey. (Contains 22 figures, 7 tables, and 16 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Accountability, Student Services, and Research.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I