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The Star Schools Assistance Program has been funding activities since 1988. It provides projects with seed money to develop distance learning programming and equip sites. In addition, Star Schools has served as a focal point for demonstrating innovative uses of technology to advance educational opportunity and improvement. This paper represents the first part of a 2-year evaluation of Star Schools. Site visits, interviews, and document reviews of eight Star Schools programs in more than 80 schools provided evaluation information. The Introduction of this report provides background information about the Star Schools Program and it includes a discussion of the implications of amendments to the Star Schools Program Assistance Act for the evaluation study. The second section presents preliminary findings from the evaluation. Among the implementation issues discussed is how technology is used to support student or teacher learning. The report concludes with a summary of findings foremost of which is that the seed money function of the program (achieved with high initial costs) can be supported, but that seed money alone is not enough to further distance education. As demonstration programs, the Star Schools provide valuable examples for educational opportunity improvement. Six tables illustrate the discussion. (Contains 9 references.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Demonstration Programs, Distance Education, Educational Finance, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Government Role, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Technological Advancement











Author: Tushnet, Naida C.; And Others

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10185&id=ED374149



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