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ERIC Number: ED462400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 9
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Investigating Former Title 1 Student Achievement "Fadeout": The Value of Knowing E.S.E. Status and Protective Factors.
Janiak, Richard
Evaluation studies on the long-term achievement of early intervention program participants have often found that initial student achievement gains for many students dissipate in subsequent years. This study offers some possible explanations for achievement "fadeout" and examines this phenomenon in relation to Exceptional Student Education (ESE) status and various cognitive, school-related, and home life variables, including some "protective" factors. Test performance of former Title I students (n=185) on a fourth-grade state criterion-referenced test, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), was compared with that of 1,015 "non-Title I" students. Results show that when ESE students are excluded from the analysis of FCAT performance former Title I student performance was closer to the performance of non-Title I students. In a second analysis, high (n=53) and low (n=79) performing students were compared on a number of school and home variables. Differences were found on cognitive variables: CTB Terra Nova Reading, CTB Terra Nova Language, FCAT Writing, and classroom reading grades. ("TerraNova" CTBS[TM] Multiple Assessments are standardized achievement tests for grades 1-12 published by CTB, a division of the McGraw-Hill Companies.) No differences were found in school-related or home variables including those representing protective factors such as student engagement behaviors, home literacy activities, and expectations for school success. Findings suggest that the most relevant difference between former Title I students who succeed academically and those who struggle may be cognitive in nature and may indicate the need for long-term academic support mechanisms for some students. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I