U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

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Star Schools Program - 2003

CFDA Number: 84.203 - Star Schools


Goal 8: To improve student learning and teaching through the use of distance learning technologies.
Objective 8.1 of 1: Promote the delivery of challenging content in core subjects.
Indicator 8.1.1 of 2: The percentage of students participating in Star Schools courses and modules who demonstrate improved achievement in reading, math, or science.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Percentage of students demonstrating improved achievement in reading, math, or science.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
2003 69.30  
2004   5


 
Additional Source Information: FY 2003 annual performance and evaluation reports.

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: October 2003
Based on program review of the data reported by the grantee(s).

Limitations: Data is difficult to aggregate because the grantees use various forms of measures to determine improved achievement.

Improvements: The indicator has been modified to measure student achievement data rather than numbers of courses and modules offered.

 
Indicator 8.1.2 of 2: Challenging content: Challenging content aligned with standards at all academic levels (including high school credit, advanced placement, adult education, and Graduate Equivalency Diploma courses) through distance education.
Targets and Performance Data Assessment of Progress Sources and Data Quality
Number of full credit courses or modules offering challenging content that is aligned with standards.
Year Actual Performance Performance Targets
1994 30  
1997 81  
1998 105  
1999 126  
2000 921  
2001 387  
2002 1,502 1,000
2003 1,338 1,600
2004   1,700


 
Additional Source Information: FY 2003 annual performance and evaluation reports

Frequency: Annually.
Collection Period: 2002 - 2003
Data Available: October 2003
Based on program review of the data reported by the grantee(s). The program evaluation liaison and the program officers' review includes: examining the procedures that grantees use to align the standards with all academic levels; reviewing the sources of standards, strategies and procedures utilized for alignment; and verifying the evidence provided for alignment.

Limitations: Data are self-reported by the projects. Evidence of alignment with standards has been particularly difficult to assess in previous years.

Improvements: Planned validation improvements on evidence of course alignment with standards include verifying whether projects utilize content experts to review and validate the extent to which: a) content is challenging, or b) standards are appropriate for the content delivered. In addition, the indicator has been modified as follows: a) expand data collection to include elementary and secondary courses and modules offered, and b) focus specifically on projects offering reading, math, or science courses or modules.

 

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