ERIC Number: ED427133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the ACHIP Pilot Project, Detroit Public Schools, 1997-1998.
St. Clair, Sibyl Y.
The Achip Pilot Project was implemented in six Detroit (Michigan) public schools during the 1997-98 school year. The Achip is a small hand-held device with a computer chip that allows students to access information about their subject matter. Teachers can develop this information by creating exercises that are in alignment with their lesson plans to reinforce concepts that have been taught. Trained students at Detroit's career and technical center school can then reprogram these exercises on the Achip computer chip. A summative evaluation of the program examined the achievement gains on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program for 655 students, and a formative evaluation explored 16 teachers' opinions of the program. For grades 4 and 7, students in the Achip program demonstrated achievement test gains comparable to the school as a whole. Still, classroom teachers evaluated the program positively. Based on findings from the summative evaluation, it is recommended that ad hoc committees evaluate any future agreements with the Achip Company (unit supplier). Issues to be considered include teacher inservice training and alignment of the pre-programmed software to the district's core curriculum objectives. Recommendations are made for program improvements. Three appendixes contain the Achip Company's list of pre-programmed modules, the company's description of Achip's features and benefits, the teacher survey, and information on survey responses. (Contains 20 tables and 15 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.