ERIC Number: ED233840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Achievement and School Effectiveness: Three Case Studies. A Report to the Alaska Department of Education.
McBeath, Gerald A.; And Others
Case studies of high student achievement levels and school effectiveness from three rural Alaska Native schools, all offering some bilingual or bicultural classes, examine curriculum and school instructional practices, school social systems, student outcomes, aspects of school governance, and school-community relations. Chaputnguak High School, in the Yupik Eskimo village of Chefornak, enrolls 29 students in individualized, self-paced mastery programs and has the region's highest graduation requirements; school-community relations are excellent, students have positive attitudes and a sense of "ownership," and one-third to one-half of seniors enter college. Metlakatla elementary/secondary school, in a Tsimshian Indian village, has a history of local control and emphasizes teaching basics; student academic achievement, measured on standardized tests, is very good compared to other rural small schools in Alaska, but some questions exist about school effectiveness in meeting community needs. The 22 students (K-8) who attend Tanacross school are largely Athabaskan Indians; the school exists because parents felt their children were not well served by being bused to school in another community, and took legal action to have their own school, which opened in 1980; school staff is exceptional, parents are satisfied, and student attitudes and test scores are excellent. (MH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indians, Bilingual Education, Community Attitudes, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Eskimos, Mastery Learning, Mathematics Achievement, Multicultural Education, Parent Attitudes, Reading Achievement, Rural Schools, School Community Relationship, Small Schools, Student Attitudes, Student School Relationship, Teacher Aides, Tribes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Center for Cross-Cultural Studies.
Identifiers: Alaska; Athaspascan (Tribe); Tsimshian (Tribe); Yupik Eskimo