Date Approved

5-1-2002

Embargo Period

5-16-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Ted

Subject(s)

Vacation schools

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of summer school in raising the reading, writing, and mathematics achievement level of 41 "at risk" incoming third and fourth graders in a middle class suburban school district.

The study was conducted using modified case study methodology, participatory action research. A purposeful sample of forty-one students who were identified by their school Pupil Assistance Committees as being at-risk were selected as the study population. The intern collaborated with a team to design a summer school experience. She collected field notes and qualitative data to evaluate the program's effectiveness and to make recommendations for future programs. Pre and post-test instruments were selected and used to provide comparison quantitative data.

Major findings of this study are that clear focus on individual student goals, combined with careful attention to effective instructional principles yields success, even in a limited amount of instructional time.

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