ERIC Number: EJ781799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Districts Applaud Results of Development Grants: Reports on Federal Program Are Glowing, but Where Are the Data on Student Performance?
Olson, Catherine Applefeld
Teaching Music, v15 n3 p22 Dec 2007
As reported by the nine participating agencies, the U.S. Department of Education's Professional Development for Music Educators program largely achieved its goal of enhancing the skills and classroom effectiveness of elementary and secondary school music teachers. However, the majority of the schools involved did not employ an outside entity to analyze results, a task that would have brought their projects greater validity, according to Martin Bergee, professor and director of music education at the University of Kansas. The Department of Education (ED) launched the initiative in 2002, with a granting period of up to 36 months. Final reports were required from the participants to help determine which professional development programs best improve music teacher expertise and, subsequently, student performance. The ED doled out an average of $250,000 to eligible local agencies acting on behalf of a school or schools in which at least 75 percent of children were from low-income families. The hefty sum made available through the program was a head-turner.
Descriptors: Music Education, Federal Programs, Program Effectiveness, Music Teachers, Professional Development, Elementary Secondary Education
MENC: The National Association for Music Education. P.O. Box 1584, Birmingham, AL 35201. Tel: 800-336-3768; Web site: http://www.menc.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A