ERIC Number: ED463562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Back to the Basics: An Investigation of School- and District-Level Remediation Efforts Associated with Minnesota's Basic Standards for High School Graduation.
Schleisman, Jane L.; Peterson, Kristin A.; Davison, Mark L.
This report describes an investigation of the types of additional instructional opportunities and remediation efforts provided by Minnesota schools and districts for students who do not initially meet basic skill requirements in reading and/or mathematics in eighth grade. Primary research questions included: What additional instructional opportunities did schools and districts offer for these students? and What are some of the ways in which Basic Standards legislation has altered education in Minnesota? Findings from interviews with educators show that schools and districts are placing an increased focus on the teaching and learning of basic skills and that they offer several categories of additional instruction to students. Study results show that schools and districts are working to help students master the reading and mathematics proficiencies tested on the Basic Skills tests. Data, however, are still lacking for evaluating the effectiveness of these opportunities. Further investigations could help schools and districts to identify the best way of assisting students experiencing difficulty in mastering basic skills in reading and mathematics, and permit schools and districts to address remediation issues from a position supported by solid data. An appendix contains the interview protocol, and eight tables describe remediation efforts implemented in different districts. (Contains 31 references.) (RT)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Dept. of Children, Families, and Learning, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Office of Educational Accountability.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota