ERIC Number: ED458704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
The Effectiveness of Summer School in Getting Students To Function on Grade Level in Gateway Grades.
Haenn, Joseph F.
Students in Durham, North Carolina, who do not perform on grade level in grades 3, 5, and 8 must attend an 18-day summer school. End-of-grade tests in reading and math, given twice, and teacher ratings of achievement level determine who must attend. An end-of-grade test given when the summer session concludes decides whether the student is promoted, unless the student has limited English proficiency, is overage for his peer group, or is promoted at the discretion of a Student Assessment Panel. A study examined 1,300 students eligible for summer school, attempting to identify the characteristics of students who are and are not successful at the end of summer school based on their participation, previous performance level, number of performance requirements, and ethnicity. The goal was to determine which students benefited from such short-term remediation. White students were more likely to be successful than African-American students; those needing to pass both reading and math had 1 chance in 10 of being successful. Those needing only to pass the math test had a much greater chance of promotion than those who had to pass only the reading test. Large numbers of students went from the lowest achievement level to work on grade level in less than 6 weeks. (RKJ)
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