ERIC Number: ED470281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Jobs For Youth-Boston, Madison Park Technical-Vocational H.S., Boston, Massachusetts. PLATO Evaluation Series.
Quinn, David W.; Quinn, Nancy W.
The Boston, Massachusetts, school district requires that its 9th grade students pass both the Boston Public Schools Math Benchmark Assessment (BPS Math) and the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) before entering 10th grade. At Madison Park Technical-Vocational High School in June 2000, 349 students failed either the mathematics or reading test or both, and approximately half of them attended a 5-week Summer Transition Program. Jobs for Youth-Boston (JFY) performed a computerized instructional component of the Summer Transition Program using the PLATO system. An evaluation of PLATO use was conducted. In actual practice, most students received 40 to 50 minutes of PLATO computer-based instruction daily, using the PLATO versions available in 2000. In this time, the average student mastered 8.7 PLATO math modules and 7.6 reading modules. Average gain scores from pretests to posttests were one standard deviation higher for the BPS Math and two standard deviations higher for the SRI. In fact, 42% of the summer school students achieved high enough math posttest scores, and 70% received high enough reading scores, to qualify for entry into the 10th grade. Higher score gains in mathematics were only weakly correlated with the mastery of more mathematics modules. For reading, higher score gain was significantly correlated with more time spent studying PLATO modules. PLATO was well-liked by teachers and students. Some recommendations for the improvement of PLATO implementation are made. An appendix contains four supplementary tables. (Contains 17 figures and 1 reference.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.