ERIC Number: ED428107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Optional Extended Year Program. FEEDBACK. Publication No. 97.20.
The Optional Extended Year (OEY) program was initiated in Texas in 1995 and first implemented in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) in 1996. The primary focus of the OEY programs is to reduce student retention in grade through four school day options: (1) extended day; (2) extended week; (3) intersessions for year-round schools; and (4) summer school. In the 1997-98 school year, 43 elementary and 15 middle schools received OEY funding. Administrators and teachers in each program were asked to provide information about program operation and about students. In most schools, the OEY programs focused on reading and mathematics. Most students who attended were promoted to the next grade. There was considerable parent involvement in OEY programs. Recommendations for program improvement centered on implementing a standard curriculum targeting a specific area with a standardized pretest and posttest to measure student achievement. Professional development and increased parent participation are also recommended. (Contains four tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Extended School Day, Extended School Year, Grade Repetition, Mathematics Achievement, Parent Participation, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Reading Achievement, Time Factors (Learning)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.