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The ExceL through Innovation grants program provides funding for elementary campuses to implement 4-year instructional and staff development programs designed to raise student achievement. All 66 campuses of the Austin Independent School District (Texas) received ExceL funding for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 school years, with the funded amount based, in part, on the number of reading and mathematics tests from the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills failed at the campus in 1994-95. In September 1997, the elementary school principals completed a benchmarks survey to clarify their ExceL benchmarks for the 1997-98 school year. Survey responses and the results of site visits were used to develop summaries of the ExceL program at each campus. Most campuses (82%) met some of their benchmarks, and 14% met all of their benchmarks in 1997-98. Campus instructional programs varied greatly in terms of content and degree of innovation, but 64% of programs focused on mathematics, and 55% focused on literacy. Parental involvement was a focus at 52%. Campus staff development programs varied, also reflecting the differences in funding amounts, but 67% of campuses included training in mathematics and 50% included training in literacy. Recommendations for program continuation and improvement include suggestions for competitive grant allocations. Three appendixes contain information on program costs by campus for both school years and the study survey. (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Grants, Mathematics, Parent Participation, Principals, Program Implementation, Reading, School Districts, Staff Development, Urban Schools

Author: Koehler, Holly

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11634&id=ED428129

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