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ERIC Number: ED504215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 79
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Supplemental Educational Services and Student Achievement in Waiver Districts: Anchorage and Hillsborough
Socias, Miguel; deSousa, Juliette-Marie; Le Floch, Kerstin Carlson
US Department of Education
Under federal regulations, school districts that have been identified for improvement or corrective action are not eligible to be supplemental educational service providers. However, the U.S. Department of Education granted waivers to five such districts, on a pilot basis, to allow those districts to provide supplemental educational services. Two of these districts, Hillsborough County, Florida and Anchorage, Alaska received waivers beginning in the 2006-07 school year. Pilot districts are eligible to serve as providers in exchange for expanding student access to supplemental educational services and providing student achievement data for an evaluation to examine program effectiveness. The goals of the pilot program are to help ensure that more eligible students receive supplemental educational service, and to provide more accurate and comprehensive information to the U.S. Department of Education on the effectiveness of supplemental educational services in improving student academic achievement. This report examines the implementation of supplemental educational services in Anchorage and Hillsborough, in 2006-07, including issues relating to student participation, achievement gains, and communication with parents. Findings indicate that in both districts, the percentage of eligible students participating in supplemental educational services increased over time, and students who were eligible for supplemental educational services had significantly lower levels of prior achievement in mathematics and reading than students who were not eligible. Overall, in Anchorage, participants receiving supplemental education services from any provider did not show a statistically significant difference in academic achievement gains compared with eligible non-participants. In Hillsborough, the overall results across all providers showed achievement gains in mathematics, but not in reading. While there is room for improvement regarding district communication with parents about supplemental educational services, both Anchorage and Hillsborough made efforts to inform eligible families about the program offerings and to help ensure that more eligible students receive supplemental educational services, using multiple communication methods and provided unbiased program information. Three appendices are included: (1) Description of District Data; (2) Supplemental Exhibits; and (3) Robust Standard Error Tables of Fixed-Effects Regressions (Contains 15 endnotes and 55 exhibits.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development (ED), Policy and Program Studies Service
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Florida
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001