ERIC Number: ED470288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Central Cabarrus High School, North Carolina. PLATO Evaluation Series.
Central Cabarrus High School (CCHS), near Charlotte, North Carolina, uses the PLATO computer assisted instruction system primarily to support remediation programs that are intended to help low performing students meet graduation requirements. CCHS used PLATO to: (1) provide an option for students to earn credit for failed courses or their associated end-of-course tests; and (2) to help students review and develop skills needed to pass the state competency examination. An evaluation was conducted to describe the manner in which the PLATO program has been used by CCHS and to examine the effectiveness of the remediation and North Carolina Competency Test (NCCT) review efforts. Of the 375 students who had failed one of the courses required for graduation since January 1999, 320 students qualified for remediation and have earned credit using PLATO in the YES program. Every student who qualified for remediation earned credit. Student NCCT scores increased in December 2000 and May 2001 retests. A significant positive relationship was identified between PLATO use and the NCCT test scores for both the December 2000 and May 2001 retests. Teachers, the CCHS principal, and the school district's superintendent were positive about PLATO and believed that it contributed to student improvement on the NCCT. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: PLATO Learning, Inc., Bloomington, MN.