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ERIC Number: ED477714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-12
Pages: 42
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An Evaluation of the Millard High School Block Schedule.
Tan, Sok-Leng; Callahan, John; Hatch, Jotham; Jordan, Travis; Eastmond, Nick; Burnham, Byron
This study, administered by students in the department of Instructional Technology at Utah State University (USU), examined the block scheduling program at Millard High School (Delta, Utah). The block scheduling program, begun in the 1998-99 school year, was introduced to allow greater flexibility in scheduling, particularly for released time seminary for LDS (Latter-Day Saints) students and for the athletic teams, to provide a greater number of elective options for students, and to allow students to study subject matter material in greater depth. A side benefit was that students would spend less time in the hallway during class changes and more time in class. Some research questions included: (1) How efficiently is instructional time being used? (2) Is the amount of class time spent by students comparable to other scheduling systems? (3) How has class size been affected? and (4) What is the perceived effectiveness of the present block scheduling by important stakeholders? Recommendations drawn from the survey and focus group results include: (1) Continue to track student achievement data (i.e., GPA, SAT scores, and AP scores) to evaluate the effectiveness of the block schedule; (2) Provide ongoing in-service for teachers on imaginative strategies to use the time available; (3) Make a concerted effort to improve communications with parents about school learning and teaching in more than routine ways: Web-page (interactive), parent newsletters, surveys and reporting results, etc.; and (4) Cut time between class changes from 7 to 5 minutes and add the extra minutes to the students' lunch period. Appended are: teacher, parent, and student questionnaires; permission forms; and questionnaire results. (Contains 12 figures and 10 references.) (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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