ERIC Number: ED490617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-5
Strategies for Academic Success (S.A.S.) End-of-Year Report
Perez, Rebeca; Hughes, Esther
The main goal of the study was to document and describe the beginnings of the implementation of the Strategic Instructional Model at five (5) middle schools in the EPISD. The study also examined Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) data from those students that participated in the program. Methodology: Implementation information was collected through questionnaires completed by teachers, trainers and the program coordinator of the Strategic Instructional Model. TAKS data in the areas of Reading and Writing were extracted and analyzed as well. Results: Information gathered through interviews with appropriate program staff and teachers indicates that the training of teachers in SAS strategies and routines has been founded upon sound research, was well planned, and consistently delivered to participating teachers. However, the subsequent expected uniform and consistent implementation of these strategies and techniques has been, at best, haphazard. This has been the case particularly on campuses where the site administrator does not support the program philosophy, and where teachers do not receive the desired support to implement the learned strategies. On the other hand, the Strategic Instructional Model (SIM) has been implemented in the District since 1993 without a program that includes specific goals, activities, and formative and summative evaluation efforts. The SIM curriculum started as a central office initiative to address the non-compliance issues with respect to the least restrictive environment (LRE). The SAS Program Assistant developed an implementation plan in 2003-04 to assist those school administrators who wished to implement SAS strategies, using the Strategic Instructional Mode (SIM). Conclusions: Most teachers who use these strategies and routines do report their effectiveness and impact on student achievement. There are close to 500 teachers in the District who are knowledgeable about the SIM Curriculum. Recommendations: It was recommended that the Staff Development Office, and Curriculum and Instruction staffs, in close collaboration with the appropriate site administrators need to delineate a program plan that includes the school selection criteria, rationale for implementation, clear defined objectives, defined teaching practices and stated outcomes It is also important to point out that a great percentage of the students that received strategy instruction passed the reading and writing state tests. It is unknown to which other programs or treatments these students were exposed, thus making it very difficult to determine causality. This outcome also supports the argument for continued study with more consistent and supported use of the Strategic Instructional Model. The following are appended: (1) Teachers' Survey; (2) Trainers' Survey; and (3) SAS Program Assistant Survey.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: El Paso Independent School District, TX.