ERIC Number: ED440115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
CIM Academy Summer School: A Report of the Evaluation of the 1999 Summer School.
Mitchell, Stephanie; King, Fredrick; Anderson, Gena
Students in the Portland, Oregon, public schools who achieve the state standards for grade 10 receive a Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) to document their achievement. Students who do not meet the standards may continue to be tested throughout their high school years, but they may receive a diploma without achieving a CIM. To offer additional support to students in grades 5 through 8 who were not meeting the state standards, the Portland Public Schools established a CIM Academy summer school. The 6-week summer program, conducted at nine sites, offered a focused instructional program that used small class sizes and a high-interest, hands-on curriculum. A total of 1,375 students attended the summer program in 1999. CIM Academy students in all grades made gains in inferential comprehension as measured by the school district's multiple-choice reading assessments. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 also made gains in the literal comprehension scale of these tests. Students in grades 5, 6, and 8 made gains in mathematics achievement as measured by the district and state assessments. Approximately 40% of student writing samples from the Academy and 43% of mathematics work met or exceeded state standards. Recommendations for the continuation and improvement of the CIM Academy include more emphasis on fifth graders' transition to middle school and locate a stable source of funding for the program. Six appendixes contain the Academy registration form and "Goal Map," the interview protocol, the Director's report, and summaries of student achievement for reading and mathematics. (Contains 3 tables and 13 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Portland Public Schools, OR. Research and Evaluation Dept.