ERIC Number: ED452648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the Special Instructional Assistance Program. Final Report.
Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta.
This report discusses the activities and outcomes of Special Instructional Assistance (SIA) an early intervention, prevention program designed to help Georgia students with identified developmental delays overcome the effects of those delays on academic achievement. The central tenet of the program is to provide more individualized instruction to eligible students by either reducing the number of students in a classroom (reduced class size model) or by adding a second certified teacher (augmented model) into a classroom. The evaluation of the SIA program utilized data gathered from observations, focus groups, surveys, students' Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) scores, and data from the state's student information systems. During the 1998-99 school year the SIA program served nearly 80,000 children throughout all areas of the state, at a cost of approximately 104 million dollars. The data show that, on the whole, teachers and administrators view the SIA program as a positive force in Georgia's schools. The primary benefit, widely articulated throughout each of the evaluation data sources, is the ability to reduce class size, via one of the two program models, and provide more individualized instruction to SIA and non-SIA students. Recommendations are provided for expanding the program. (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia