ERIC Number: ED334324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Identifying At-Risk Status and Preventing School Drop-Out.
Meyer, Luanna H.; And Others
This report describes the methodology and findings of the validation of a user-friendly, early predictor measure to identify at-risk students among Syracuse (New York) middle school students. The School Self-Rating (SSR) is designed to assess various dimensions of student attitudes that have been linked to at-risk status and that provide an assessment of school involvement from the students' perspective. The SSR is a 30-question survey that asks students to rate their agreement or disagreement with specific statements regarding their attitudes and abilities on a Likert-like scale. Earlier versions of the SSR significantly predicted at-risk status independent of a standardized achievement test. This study compares at-risk and not-at-risk students using the SSR, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS), student achievement and attendance, and classroom participation. A representative sample of 803 students took the SSR in October 1990. The following findings are presented: (1) the total SSR score was a significant predictor of at-risk status; (2) overall, the SSR shows high internal consistency as measured by Cronbach's alpha; and (3) students appeared interested in the SSR and did not resist completing the survey. A list of 11 references and 2 tables of statistical data are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Syracuse City Schools NY
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 1991).