ERIC Number: ED468718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec-12
Strategy 17: NovaNET Online Learning System Year 2 Program Evaluation. Wake County Public School System Safe Schools Grant.
Faircloth, Beverly S.; O'Sullivan, Rita
In 1997, the Wake County Public Schools, North Carolina, began a 3-year community-wide collaboration between existing programs and agencies expressly intended to coordinate efforts to serve at-risk children and their families. The Safe Schools Healthy Students grant program was built on 17 strategies aimed at addressing risk. Strategy 17 called for expanding the use of the NovaNET online learning system to all 17 high school labs and 2 alternative middle schools. NovaNET offers a comprehensive range of high school curricula, and each curricular unit is aligned with North Carolinas Standard Course of Study. Each lesson requires students to read instructional material on the computer, answer diagnostic questions, and sometimes complete written responses. An evaluation of the NovaNET program and its use was conducted through focus groups, 1 with 13 lab coordinators and the other with 13 guidance counselors, individual interviews with 10 lab coordinators, and interviews with 2 counselors and 25 students from 4 schools. Surveys were completed by 9 lab coordinators, 9 guidance counselors, 79 students, and 18 teachers. Findings show that NovaNET is used creatively and with encouraging impact. More than twice the projected number of students participated in NovaNET, and 73.8% of attempted credits were successfully completed. Some 843 students were back on track for graduation after being off-track before NovaNET use. Teachers and students saw many advantages to the system. Some suggestions are made for program improvement. Seven appendixes contain the participant surveys. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. School of Education.