Section VI: Statement of Goal, Objectives and Evaluation

GENERAL GOAL STATEMENT:

While participating in motivating and challenging Internet activities called WebQuests, K­12th grade students in the Warrensburg School District will improve their skills in problem-solving, responsible decision making, communication, and technology use, and will increase their performance in the four content areas (math, science, social studies, and communication arts). Fifty teachers involved in the project will receive intensive training and will master a variety of skills involving the integration of technology, particularly WebQuests and other Internet resources, resulting in a general increase in the comfort level and ability to use technology in the classroom.


SPECIFIC MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES AND METHOD OF EVALUATION:

Note: Although this grant project is designed to address the Show-me Standards and Curriculum Frameworks, its evaluation does not rely on the scores of standardized tests. While implementing innovative learning projects such as this, we have found reliance on standardized tests to be problematical for the following reasons: 1) It is difficult to acquire scores in time to make good use of them before project reports are due; 2) It is difficult to separate out the scores of participating students in a meaningful way; and 3) It is difficult to separate out portions of the tests that are relevant to the project. Because of these difficulties, we have found it much more effective to design our own assessments that address the Show-me Standards and Frameworks, but yet are custom-made for the objectives of the project and can be administered to specific subgroups of students when needed.

1. Objective:
By the end of the 1999-2000 school year, K­12th grade students in targeted classes will show at least 20% improvement in performance on teacher-designed assessments of Show-me Standards targeted by this program (as stated in Section V), which focus on problem solving, responsible decision making, communication, and technology use.
Evaluation:
During their 4-day training session, participating teachers will design an assessment of the Show-me Standards directly targeted by this program (15 Standards total ­ see Section V). This assessment will be administered by each participating teacher (50 teachers in all) before starting the opening activities of their WebQuest, and will be administered again after completing the project (The length of the WebQuest activities will vary depending on the needs of the teachers). Scores will be compared to see if there is an average increase of 20%.

2. Objective:
By the end of the 1999-2000 school year, K ­ 12th grade students in targeted classes will show at least 20% improvement in performance on teacher-designed assessments of subject-specific content (as determined by the Missouri Curriculum Frameworks for the targeted subject and grade level of the participating teacher). Targeted subject areas include math, science, social studies, and communication arts.
Evaluation:
During their 4-day training session, participating teachers will design an assessment of the content knowledge targeted by their specific WebQuest activity. This assessment will be administered by each participating teacher (50 teachers in all) before starting the opening activities of their WebQuest, and will be administered again after completing the project (The length of the WebQuest activities will vary depending on the needs of the teachers). Scores will be compared to see if there is an average increase of 20%.

3. Objective:
By April 2000, all of the participating teachers (50 teachers in all) will perform at 100% mastery the skills needed to integrate technology, particularly WebQuests and other Internet resources, into their teaching, as measured by a series of performance assessments.
Evaluation:
During their 4-days of training, each of the participating teachers will participate in performance assessments in which they demonstrate their ability to perform a variety of tasks related to the hardware and software used for this program, particularly the creation and use of educational web sites, such as WebQuests. These skills include basic computer operation, effective web searching, web page authoring, working with digital images, word processing, connection and operation of the computer "mini-labs," and transferring files over the Wide Area Network. A record will be kept of teacher performance to see if all teachers master 100% of these skills.

4. Objective:
Teachers participating in this program (50 teachers in all), will increase their levels of competence and self-confidence with regard to instructional technology. Using a customized version of the Mankato Scale, average teacher scores will increase at least 10% between September 1999 and April 2000.
Evaluation:
A modified version of the Mankato Scale (a 13-item assessment developed by the Mankato, MN Public Schools to measure staff progress on technology-related competencies) will be administered in September 1999 and again in April 2000 to the 50 participating teachers. Scores will be compared to see if there is a 10% increase in the average score.