ERIC Number: ED469373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Skill Development PLATO Use at Reuther Alternative High School Kenosha, Wisconsin. PLATO Evaluation Series.
Quinn, Nancy W.; Quinn, David W.
Reuther High School has been an alternative school in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, school district for many years. In 1998, PLATO Learning, Inc. made it possible for Reuther to offer consistent skill development on a flexible schedule through computer assisted instruction. PLATO systems have been made part of five credit completion programs. An evaluation was conducted of PLATO's use at this high school. Students in Reuther PLATO programs must complete all parts of PLATO modules with 80% accuracy on drills and two tries on mastery tests. Reuther students scored at the 48th percentile on the Iowa Tests of Educational Development (ITED) before taking PLATO and at the 57th percentile afterward. This increase was small to moderate, but it is potentially educationally meaningful. The number of modules mastered by students was positively correlated with posttest scores, indicating that students learned from the modules. ITED scores increased 1 percentage point for each 15 or 16 PLATO modules mastered. Students with low entry skills benefited as much from PLATO instruction as those with higher entry skills. All five participating teachers responded to surveys, and four were interviewed. Teachers were happy with PLATO and liked the flexibility PLATO gave them in helping high-need students to succeed. (Contains 16 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.