Secondary Analysis of the Emergency School Assistance Program.

by H. Acland


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Examines the impact of the Emergency School Assistance Program (ESAP). The original evaluation indicated that black male 10th graders in schools receiving emergency aid did significantly better on a test of academic performance than did similar students in unfunded comparison schools. The orientation of this report is exploratory, not confirmatory; the aim is to search for clues, not clear-cut certainties, about the existence and causes of program success. Although attitudinal and behavior change was notable among white males and black females, the higher achievement levels of black males cannot be attributed to the intervening effect the program had on their attitudes. Two kinds of programs (in some schools these were funded by ESAP and in some instances funding came from other sources) were associated with more favorable attitudes and behavior: inservice training programs for teachers that emphasize race relations and programs in intergroup relations for students. 86 pp. Bibliog.

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