ERIC Number: ED446189
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-26
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Professional Services Agreement between the Detroit Public Schools and Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.
Loundmon, Queen Brame
This report presents findings from the evaluation of the second year of the professional services agreement between the Detroit, Michigan, Public Schools and Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. Under a contract with the school system, Sylvan attempted to improve the reading achievement of low-achieving students in 10 Title 1 schools. The program operated in seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and 1 middle/high school. The program agreement specified 72 hours of reading instruction to each of 1,433 students identified as having the greatest need for such services. Each of the school principals indicated that he or she would continue the Sylvan instruction if given the chance. Teachers' responses to the program were mixed. Students received considerably less than the contracted number of hours of service. Although 2,805 students participated to some degree, only 532 received 55 hours of instruction or more from one administration of the state standardized test to the next administration of the test. Overall, 49.3 percent of grade 1 students in Sylvan schools cored at or above grade level in reading, while 45.3 percent of students in a comparison group scored at or above grade level. Three of the seven participating schools had an increase in the number of students in the "satisfactory" category of the fourth grade test. Because of the positive responses of principals, it is recommended that the program be continued for the duration of the contract, but additional monitoring is recommended to increase the number of hours of instruction delivered and adjust them as needed. (Contains 39 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Testing.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I