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Accelerated Schools (K-12)

University of Connecticut
2131 Hillsdale Road, Unit 3224
Storrs, CT 06269
http://www.acceleratedschools.net

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Contact Information:
Gene Chasin
Director
860.486.6330
info@acceleratedschools.net

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Preschool
Elementary
Middle School
High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Many schools serve at-risk students by remediating them, which often involves less challenging curricula and lowered expectations. Accelerated Schools take the opposite approach, they offer enriched curricula and instructional programs. Members of the school community work together to transform every classroom into a "powerful learning" environment where students and teachers work together to think creatively, explore their interests, and achieve at high levels.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Computer Assisted Instruction, GED, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1986
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

School factors

  • School policies and practices

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $25,000 - $100,000.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

Teachers
Counselors
Parents
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

University of Connecticut

Evaluation Information:

Average scores in fifth grade exceeded predicted scores by seven percentile points in reading and eight in mathematics. (Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 2001)

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

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