M.A. in Educational Leadership
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
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.
Horton, Denise, "Summer school safety net: a chance for all to achieve" (2002). Theses and Dissertations. 1451.