Input and Output in California Compensatory Education Projects

by Herbert J. Kiesling

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Analyzes the relationship of instructional process and organization to pupils' learning in Title I programs, as measured by the Stanford Reading Test. This is the first attempt to apply economic input/output methodology to compensatory education. Personnel of 42 projects in 37 California school districts were interviewed in detail about teaching strategies, individual instruction time per pupil, and amount of planning and coordination. Variables were related to pupils' monthly gain in grade equivalents via multiregression techniques, holding program length and beginning score constant. Results contradict reports that compensatory education is ineffective. Individual instruction by reading specialists was consistently related to gains. Less strongly related were staff planning time and individual instruction by classroom aides. The six best projects averaged at least 1.25 months' learning per month of instruction; none were large or urban; all had small group instruction by specialists, high ratio of managers to pupils, and planning coordination.

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