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Effective School Formula (1988)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-03-27

Duration: 00:20:18

Subjects: Education | East Baton Rouge Parish School System (La.)


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Jones, Alberta Interviewee
  • Jordan, Martha Interviewee
  • Smith, Vera Interviewee
  • Hoover, Donald Interviewee


This segment from the March 27, 1988, episode of the series “Folks” features Sonya Masingale’s report on the Effective School Formula, a program aimed at improving the academic achievement of underprivileged students at schools with large minority enrollments. She visits Dalton Elementary School in Baton Rouge, a predominately African American school, and interviews: Alberta Jones, principal; Martha Jordan, teacher; and Vera Smith, teacher. They discuss their efforts to adjust the Effective School Formula to meet the needs of the students at Dalton Elementary. Masingale also conducts an in-studio interview with Dr. Donald Hoover, the associate superintendent for instructional services for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. He discusses: the origins of the Effective School Formula; the implementation of the program in East Baton Rouge Parish; each school developing its own mission statement; the different ways for school personnel and parents to measure the success of the program; the program’s focus on increasing instructional time in the classroom; and the importance of committing more time and resources to students.