ERIC Number: ED439161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Remedial Education Reform: Private Alternatives to Traditional Title I. Policy Study No. 266.
The focus on schoolwide reform that grew from the failure of traditional Title I programs to raise student achievement overlooks one of the few effective Title I programs, the private remedial education partnership. Since the early 1900s, some public schools have begun relying on private remedial education companies, such as Sylvan Learning Systems and Kaplan Learning Services to serve disadvantaged students. Evaluation has demonstrated impressive results for Sylvan students in such programs. The success of these programs is due to a number of factors, including: (1) professional development and teacher training; (2) instructional guarantees; (3) a collaborative relationship with school staff; (4) use of extensive student assessment and a student-achievement profile for each student; (5) initial diagnostic testing for new students; and (6) parental involvement throughout the process. The successful private remedial education programs illustrate the desirability of making individual students the centerpiece of Title I. The cornerstones of these programs are assessment and teacher training and quality. The currently configured reauthorization of Title I may not explicitly encourage private remedial-education pilot projects, public schools have the flexibility to experiment with different types of Title I programs and may be able to make successful arrangements with private contractors that meet federal standards while focusing on the individual student. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Reason Public Policy Inst., Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I