Introduction. Students at risk of school failure : the problem and its dimensions / Robert E. Slavin — Elementary programs. Effective classroom programs for students at risk / Robert E. Slavin, Nancy A. Madden — Effective pullout programs for students at risk / Nancy A. Madden, Robert E. Slavin — Early childhood programs. Effective preschool programs for students at risk ; Effective kindergarten programs and practices for students at risk / Nancy Karweit — Effective practices in remedial and special education. Instructional issues for teaching students at risk / Mary Kay Stein, Gaea Leinhardt, William Bickel — The quality of Chapter 1 instruction : results from a study of twenty-four schools / Brian Rowan, Larry F. Guthrie — Instructional setting and other design features of compensatory education programs / Francis X. Archambault, Jr. — Instructional activities related to achievement gain in Chapter 1 classes / John Crawford — Effective strategies for academically handicapped students in the regular classroom / Barbara Larrivee. (cont.) Coordination, collaboration, and consistency : the redesign of compensatory and special education interventions / Richard L. Allington, Peter Johnston — Effective programs for students at risk : conclusions for practice and policy / Robert E. Slavin, Nancy A. Madden, Nancy L. Karweit.