ERIC Number: ED450968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Readiness To Learn: School-Linked Models for Integrated Family Services. 1999-2000 Evaluation Update.
Einspruch, Eric; Deck, Dennis; Grover, Jane; Hahn, Karen
The state of Washington implemented the Readiness to Learn program as part of the state's Family Policy Initiative. The primary goal of the program is to serve as a formal link between education and human services by authorizing grants to local school-linked, community-based consortia to develop and implement strategies that ensure children arrive at school ready to learn. This report provides updated evaluation findings for 1999-2000. The findings show that Readiness to Learn continues to successfully help students and families increase the likelihood of success at school and promote systemic change among service providers. Highlights from the 1999-2000 year include the following: (1) a logic model that describes the structure of the learning and teaching support programs was developed; (2) Readiness to Learn served 4,391 families and 5,583 children, referred primarily for academic problems, family basic needs, school behavior problems, and family problems; (3) families received services related to their children's education, basic needs, family functioning, mental health, and parent involvement in their children's education; (4) most families achieved at least one outcome related to the services they received; (5) teacher ratings showed an improvement in participating elementary school students' classroom performance between the time of initial program entry and follow-up; (6) middle and high school students also showed a slight increase in their grade point average; and (7) Readiness to Learn consortium members reported that their consortium had helped members learn about other services and programs, collaborate with other organizations, increase its ability to help families access resources and services, increase coordination of support for at-risk students, and address barriers to student learning. The report's two appendices delineate findings related to services offered, and outcomes and findings of a member survey regarding the current state of the consortium. (KB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: RMC Research Corp., Portland, OR.; Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington