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School skills training and schoolwide management programs are often applied in schools by introducing a package that has been developed in another school and worked well there. When transplanted, however, these programs often fail to achieve satisfactory results. This study focuses on the application of a transplanted, state-mandated, schoolwide program as carried out in a small rural elementary school (population 250). It compares the program with features of programs recommended in the empirical literature, in order to identify components which should be included to ensure the effectiveness of such programs. The Responsible Students Program (RSP) at Dennis Elementary was evaluated using quantitative data generated in the implementation of the program over three semesters. Surveys of participants, carried out during implementation to provide formative information, were also employed to assess the effects of the program. Results indicate that the RSP implementation at Dennis Elementary School was unsatisfactory, and that several recommended features of school skiffs training and schoolwide programs were missing from both the RSP model and from the implementation. These features are isolated and recommended for future implementations. This study required the development of several data analysis techniques that may be of more general use with data collected during the implementation of such programs.
Lewis, Jill Anne, "The Responsible Students Program of the West Virginia Board of Education: Background, components, and data systems." (1999). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 9287.