ERIC Number: ED442800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
ExceL through Innovation. Evaluation Report, 1998-99.
ExceL through Innovation (ExceL) is a local funding initiative of the Austin Independent School District (AISD), Texas, created to enhance elementary student achievement through innovative programs designed at the campus level for the specific students served. By 1998, 68 campuses were receiving ExceL funds. In spring 1998, principals of the ExceL schools completed grant continuation surveys, and in 1999, principals completed an additional evaluation survey. The evaluations showed that 20% of the campuses met all of their benchmarks related to the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS), and 38% met some of their benchmarks for this standardized test set. Forty-two percent met none of their TAAS benchmarks. Some 38% of campuses met all of their non-TAAS benchmarks. Instructional programs varied a great deal in type and in degree of innovation. The most common uses of ExceL funds were mathematics, literacy, writing, parental involvement, and science. Campus staff development programs varied in cohesiveness and in the degree to which they were related to instructional programs. The most common topics were literacy, mathematics, assessment, technology, and curriculum alignment/unit development. The majority of ExceL principals reported that the program had favorable impacts on student achievement, and most reported that the ExceL budgets were adequate for their ExceL program needs. After examining program evaluation results, the evaluators recommend that program funds be allocated competitively and that campus funds should be monitored more closely. Three appendixes describe ExceL program costs by campus for three school years. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Assessment of Academic Skills