ERIC Number: ED480405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Implementation of the America's Choice Literacy Workshops.
Supovitz, Jonathan A.; Poglinco, Susan M.; Bach, Amy
This report provides feedback on emerging trends in the implementation of the America's Choice school design. It seeks evidence of the impacts of the design, focusing on the literacy workshops in America's Choice, by using accepted standards of evaluation design and analysis methodologies. The evaluation asks three central questions: Is America's Choice being carried out in the manner envisioned? Are teachers' instructional practices changing in ways that would improve student learning? To what degree can improvements in student achievement be attributed to the design? To answer these questions, the report draws on surveys of teachers and administrators in 23 America's Choice schools nationwide. It also relies on information gathered through site visits to schools across the country, through telephone interviews, through document reviews, through observations of professional development, and through student-performance measures. It concludes that about 40 percent of teachers exhibited solid or exemplary implementation of the literacy workshop structures. There were differences in the depth with which teachers understood, interpreted, and enacted the standards-based instructional philosophy underlying the literacy workshops, demonstrating variation in both the fidelity and depth with which teachers understood and implemented the workshops. However, in general, students reported reading and writing far more than in past years. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy, National Surveys, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Teacher Influence
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Philadelphia, PA.
Note: With assistance from Peg Hoppe, Patricia Kannappel, Betty Bennett, and Donna Harris.