ERIC Number: ED466479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Can Extended Learning Opportunities Improve Student Achievement? E&R Report.
Baenen, Nancy R.; Lindblad, Mark; Yaman, Kim
The Accelerated Learning Program (ALP) is the major initiative that the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) is using to help all students reach grade level performance in reading and mathematics. In 2000-2001, ALP's second year of implementation, the program expanded from grades 3-8 to grades K-12. The focus of this report is on the program in grades 3 through 8. Overall, 10,000 students were eligible for ALP in those grades, with 7,325 participating. The program provided up to 22 days of extra instruction to students during the school year, with most services provided outside the regular school day. The evaluation, which drew on several data sources, found changes in both growth and performance that supported the effectiveness of ALP and other assistance at grades 3 through 8. The number of students able to reach grade level achievement increased over 1999-2000, and fewer students dropped from grade-level to below grade-level achievement. Both students served in the ALP and those who were not made strong achievement gains in most grades in the Wake County schools, and findings suggest that extended learning opportunities can make a positive difference, but cannot replace other forms of assistance. Some details about the time of day ALP services were offered are included.(Contains 26 figures and 2 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Compensatory Education, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Extended School Year, Student Evaluation, Supplementary Education
For full text: http://www.wcpss.net.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.