Fulton County School

System Project Excel

Program Evaluation
By Hassan Kariem & Christopher Croom

FRIT 8435
Spring 2013
Georgia Southern University

In 2000 the Georgia Board of Education, in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act,
began to administer the Criterion Referenced Competency Test annually to students in grade one
through eight . This assessment was designed to measure a student’s acquisition of knowledge
and skills in Core Georgia Performance Stnadards(CCGPS) in language arts, reading, and math
and the Georgia Performance Standards in science and social studies. A student’s score on these
tests is used to analyze the quality of education in their school as well as determine if they will
proceed to the next grade level.
A student’s performance on these exams are categorized based on score. These categories are
Exceeds the Standard(>850), Meets The Standard(800 < or = 849), and Does Not Meet the
Standard(800 >).
School districts across the state have initiated programs to help students maximize and improve
their performance on these exams. In 2010 Fulton county title 1 elementary schools initiated
Project Excel to enrich students who Do Not Meet Standards or barely Meet Standards on their
Reading English and Language Arts(RELA) and/or Math sections of the CRCT’s. Project Excel
is an after school program where students stay after school for two and a half hours, on Tuesdays
and Thursdays. Students are provided with a refreshments and transportation. Students
participate in various learning activities and are required to take periodic tests known as
Checkpoints to track their progress. The goal of this evaluation is to analyze the impact, if any,
that Project Excel has had on one elementary school by tracking program and CRCT
performance of a sample group of students. The presentation of this study will provide

information to Fulton County Administration and the Georgia Board Of Education about how
effective this new program actually is and if they should continue to support it.

Focus of the Evaluation
Project Excel, which began in the fall of 2010, was initiated to help students who did not score
well on the CRCT’s RELA and Math portions. The evaluation that was conducted utilized
information from a sample of the 547 students (98 % African American, 1 % Hispanic, 1%
white) who participated in the program during the 2011-2012 school year.
Students participate in the program after school for two and a half hours (2:30 -5pm) every
Tuesday and Thursday beginning at the end of September and ending in March. Students attend
the program in a computer lab loaded with software and activities that are designed to help them
improve their RELA and Math skills. A typical day in the program begins with a teacher guided
math lesson and is followed by group and individual activities on the computers. Midway
through instruction and activities, students stop for a fifteen min break where they are provided
with refreshments. They then continue with a RELA and the program concludes with review of
all of those days lessons. Students are periodically given test’s known Checkpoints in October,
January, and February to measure their performance. Data from these checkpoints was used to as
a foundation to hypothesis from observation of information.

These services are provided to students with the most need at no additional cost to the parents.
The funding for this program comes from a combination of state taxes and grants and as such
administration has an interest in making sure that the funding is producing the necessary results.
This evaluation will provide them with better insight into the results of the program which in turn
will assist with financial decision making.

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