ERIC Number: ED451218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-22
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) and Other Assistance, 1999-2000.
Baenen, Nancy; Lloyd, Wanda
The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) was a major new initiative in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), North Carolina, in 2000. The ALP was designed to help WCPSS meet its achievement goal of 95% of students scoring at or above grade level at grades 3 and 8 by 2003, with grade levels determined by the North Carolina End of Grade tests. Schools were allotted funds based on students scoring below grade level. Such students were to be given up to 22 days of additional instruction in small groups. Assistance was also provided through continuing programs such as special education, Title I, language arts resource teachers, English as a Second Language, and Communities in Schools. All schools in the school district implemented ALP and nearly all students scoring below grade level received help through ALP or one of the other assistance programs. Two thirds of the 10,115 students eligible for ALP participated in the program, and about 20% of the targeted students received help through another assistance program. Most traditional calendar schools offered ALP on Saturdays and after school, but most year-round schools served ALP students in intersessions. ALP and the other assistance programs appeared to have some positive impact on achievement, especially at the elementary school level. The rate of improvement, however, was not great enough to enable the WCPSS to reach the system's 95% goal by 2003. About 40% of students moved up a level, but about 6% dropped. The systemwide results reveal some useful clues about effective practices for extra assistance. Characteristics of the schools with the greatest success were identified, and these characteristics will be considered in improving the implementation of ALP for the next school year. (Contains 15 attachments and 6 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.