Date Approved

5-31-1999

Embargo Period

8-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald

Subject(s)

Mentoring in education; Middle school students; Remedial teaching

Disciplines

Educational Leadership

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to describe and evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention program of remediation and academic mentoring on the academic success of students failing grade seven who were placed in grade eight. The study was conducted in the Clearview Regional Middle School during the summer preceding and including the 1998-99 academic year.

Data was gathered from test scores, mid-marking period progress reports, marking period grade reports, summer session teacher reports and interviews, and weekly and monthly classroom teacher reports. Information was also provided through parent, teacher, and student questionnaires. The data was analyzed using percentiles to determine the effectiveness of the program. Progress reports and marking period grade reports supported by weekly and monthly reports were analyzed to determine the extent of academic success both in points and percentiles of increase/decrease.

At the conclusion of the study the academic success of most of the students was evident. With few exceptions, students increased grade averages over their grade seven final averages. Parents, teachers, and students affirmed the success of the program though some changes were implicated.

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