ERIC Number: ED470274
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Focus Alternative High School. PLATO Evaluation Series.
Focus Alternative High School (FAHS), Oak Park, Michigan, is a Detroit suburban school designed to meet the needs of approximately 50 students who have not demonstrated success in the traditional high school setting. At FAHS and in its afterschool Project Graduation program, PLATO (registered) Pathways has been implemented to address the individual academic needs of each learner, enable teachers to establish learning programs that present a variety of computer-based modules corresponding to their core subject areas, provide a motivational way to learn core subject material, and provide individual assessment and tracking. An evaluation was conducted to determine how the PLATO Pathways program was used within the Focus and Project Graduation programs, identify PLATO Learnings strengths and weaknesses relative to the goals of the school, and suggest possible areas of improvement. A significant positive relationship was identified between the number of PLATO modules mastered and the grade point average of student enrolled in the third making period. Students reported that computer lessons made them feel more confident about school. Students generally agreed that the PLATO courseware was easy to use and understand, and helped them learn. Teachers agreed that the PLATO objectives corresponded with their own course objectives, and all faculty agreed that system bugs and error had a negative influence on PLATO courseway effectiveness. Suggestions are outlined for maximizing the effectiveness of future PLATO courseware. (Contains 10 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.