A Logic Model Evaluation Of the Incoming Freshman Academy For At-Risk Transitioning Middle To High School Students, by Jonathan L. Guillaume

Jul 1st, 2013 | Category: Dissertation Abstracts @ Concordia
By Jonathan L. Guillaume, Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Abstract

This study applied a Logic Model design for program evaluation using an action research approach. The purpose of this study was to determine the overall impact of Community High School District 128’s Incoming Freshman Academy (IFA).

District 128 created the IFA in an effort to increase basic academic skills and to address traditional problematic transition related issues faced by students identified as at risk of academic failure. Each year, approximately 60 students have attended this six week summer program. The target sample for this study was the IFA classes of 2012 – 51 students from Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools. The study aimed to analyze quantitative data collected from pre- and post-tests in mathematics proficiency as well as from a cross-sectional perception survey given to 2012 IFA graduates.

Results from this study show that given an appropriate curriculum, students’ basic skills in math statistically significantly improved over a six week period. Additionally, participants in the IFA developed positive relationships with peers and adults that were carried on to the start of high school. Findings showed that participation in the IFA increased students’ motivation to succeed in school while decreasing the students’ anxiety over starting high school.

Keywords: school transition, summer bridge, academically at-risk, logic model program evaluation, and action research

Author Information

Jonathan L. Guillaume, Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Associate Principal, Vernon Hills High School, 145 N Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

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