ERIC Number: ED455008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Fast Break to Learning School Breakfast Program: A Report of the First Year Results, 1999-2000.
Peterson, Kristin; Davison, Mark; Wahlstrom, Kyla; Himes, John; Hjelseth, Leah; Ross, Jesse; Tucker, Michelle
This study compared two types of school breakfast programs in Minnesota: Fast Break to Learning, a universal free breakfast program ("Fastbreak" schools), and programs with a sliding fee scale ("control" schools). Fastbreak and control schools were compared on several variables: (1) survey responses from principals and food service personnel regarding administration of the programs; (2) student participation rates; (3) attendance; and (4) statewide achievement test scores of third- and fifth-graders in reading, mathematics, and writing. Regarding administration, 95 percent of respondents believed serving breakfast had benefits; a much larger percentage of Fastbreak schools served breakfast after school started; and barriers to implementation most often included scheduling problems. Participation rates were much higher in Fastbreak than control schools, and participation increased by a greater percentage from 1998-99 to 1999-00 in Fastbreak schools. The increase was greatest among Fastbreak school students eligible for reduced-price lunch. Most average test scores increased more in Fastbreak schools than control schools, although this difference generally was weakened after controlling for other variables. Attendance data did not support any significant differences between program types. (Appendices include demographic, achievement, and participation data and survey forms. Contains 40 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Breakfast Programs, Comparative Analysis, Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Scores, Student Participation
Office of Educational Accountability, University of Minnesota, 1313 5th Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Web site: http://www.education.umn.edu/oea.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Children, Families, and Learning, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Office of Educational Accountability.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. School of Public Health.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota