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Biennial Evaluation Report - FY 93-94

Chapter 617

Star Schools Program

(CFDA No. 84.203)

I. Program Profile

Legislation: The Education for Economic Security Act, Title IX, as amended by Section 2302, Title IX of the Augustus F. Hawkins-Robert T. Stafford Elementary and Secondary School Improvements of 1988, P.L. 100-297, (20 U.S.C. 4081-4086) and as amended by P.L. 102-103 (expires September 30, 1999).

Purpose: To encourage improved instruction in the areas of mathematics, science, foreign languages, and other subjects such as literacy skills and vocational education. Grants allow telecommunications partnerships to aquire facilities and equipment, produce and distribute programming, and obtain technical assistance.

Funding History

Fiscal Year Appropriation
1988 $19,148,000
1989 14,399,000
1990 14,813,000
1991 14,416,000
1992 18,417,000
1993 22,777,000
1994 25,944,000
1994 25,944,000

II. Program Information and Analysis

Population Targeting

The Star Schools Program supports eligible telecommunications partnerships organized on a Statewide or multi-State basis. Grantees are either public organizations established to operate telecommunications networks to provide educational programming, or partnerships of three or more of the following types of organizations, one of which must be a local education agency or a State education agency: State education agencies, institutions of higher education, teacher training centers, local education agencies, public broadcasting entities, and other public or private telecommunications agencies, or a public or private school.

In the first funding cycle (FYs 1988-1989), most of the students served were located in small rural schools located in the southern and central regions of the Nation. In FYs 1990 and 1991 funding cycles, enhanced services were provided to the northwest and northeast regions. In addition, two of the four projects focused on students in urban settings. In the third cycle, a variety of technologies were used to provide services in urban, rural and suburban communities across the country.

Services

The program has provided services, including equipment, staff development, instructional programming, to more than 6,000 schools in 48 States, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. In addition, the dissemination projects provide technical assistance and training, or disseminate information about distance education opportunities to States and school districts not using distance education.

Project officers report the following:

Program Administration

Funds may be used to develop and acquire instructional programming, and to provide equipment for distance learning service. Not less than 50 percent of the funds awarded must be for services, equipment, or facilities for local education agencies eligible to receive Chapter 1 funds, and not less than 25 percent must be for instructional programming. The grantees must match 25 percent of the funds except in the case of demonstrated hardship. While the program requires at least 25 percent matching funds, a survey of current grantees shows that there has been, on average, a 40 percent match.

Outcomes

Each of the projects previously funded under the Star Schools Program included an evaluation component. In most instances, the evaluation strategy involved formative and summative methods. Two of the former projects also included case studies which documented changes in both student behaviors, teacher attitudes, and school climate as a result of participation in the Star Schools activities. Some examples of these findings are presented below:

III. Sources of Information

  1. Program files.

IV. Planned Studies

The program is currently conducting an evaluation.

IV. Contacts for Further Information

Program Operations :
Joseph Wilkes (202) 219-2186
Cheryl P. Garnette, (202) 219-2267
Program Studies:
Robert Glenn, (202) 401-1958

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