ERIC Number: ED470279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Lakeland Senior High School, Lakeland, Florida. PLATO Evaluation Series.
Lakeland Senior High School (LSHS), a suburban school in Lakeland, Florida, has used PLATO (registered) courseware from 1995 to meet a variety of student needs. They use their three dedicated PLATO labs to help students prepare for college placement tests such as the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT), prepare to retake the Florida High School Competency Test (FHSCT), and to help students develop specific skills in other courses. They have been creative in adapting PLATO courseware to suit the needs of students of virtually all ability levels. There has been a strong commitment from the administration and faculty to customize instruction to suit the special needs of individual students. An evaluation was conducted to describe the manner in which the PLATO Pathways program has been used at LSHA to examine the effectiveness of the FHSCT remediation effort, and to suggest possible areas of improvement for future PLATO implementation and use. Student FHSCT scores increased dramatically in both FHSCT retests. A significant positive relationship was identified between some student PLATO performance data and the FHSCT test scores. The faculty and the principal were positive about the PLATO courseware and believed that it contributed to student improvement on the FHSCT scores and on a number of affective measures. The 15 students sampled were positive about PLATO courseware, especially the fact that it allows them to learn at their own pace. Suggestions are outlined for maximizing the effectiveness of future PLATO use at LSHS. (Contains 6 tables and 20 figures.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.