ERIC Number: ED471858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Preliminary Findings on High-Performing Rural Elementary Schools in Maryland and Delaware: Identifying Schools That Are Getting Results for All Students. LSS Spotlight on Student Success No. 608.
McLaughlin, Margaret J.; Caron, Elizabeth; Embler, Sandra; Kling, Jennifer
An ongoing study seeks to identify effective curriculum policies and classroom practices in high-performing rural elementary schools that contribute to positive outcomes for students with disabilities and low-income students. Schools in Maryland and Delaware were first ranked by the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-priced meals (FARMs). Schools above the 50th percentile were examined to identify those that were above the state average in reading and math and had the highest-ranked performance for special education students. Six schools in Maryland and four in Delaware were eligible for further study. Correlations between school-level assessment and demographic data indicated that the strongest relationship for general education students was between student performance and eligibility for FARMs. There was no significant relationship between the performance of students with disabilities and FARMs or any other school-level demographic variables. Regardless of the type of disability, if special education students took the Maryland State Performance Assessment Program test, they performed better in schools that reported high results for all students. These findings suggest a "school effect," such as access to high-quality curriculum and instruction, which is working for all students. The second phase of the study will examine the policies and practices of these schools through site visits to the schools; classroom observations; and interviews with principals, general and special education teachers, and local special education directors. (TD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary Schools, Equal Education, High Stakes Tests, Low Income, Overachievement, Rural Schools, School Effectiveness, Special Education
For full text: http://www.temple.edu/lss/pdf/spotlights/600/spot608.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Delaware; Maryland