ERIC Number: ED337312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
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Building Partnerships towards Dropout Prevention: A Case Study of the West Virginia University School Dropout Prevention Task Force.
Marshall, Peter; And Others
In 1988 West Virginia University established a task force to evaluate possible strategies for a statewide dropout prevention program. An emerging focus of the task force is the creation of similar task forces at the local level that would make dropout prevention a community responsibility and build community partnerships to provide a comprehensive approach to the problem. Community task forces would be organized by county extension agents and would include parents and representatives of the school system, community agencies, voluntary organizations, and local businesses. A statewide survey assessing current dropout prevention policies and practices was completed by 45 of West Virginia's 55 county school systems. Eleven specific measures deemed to be representative of a comprehensive dropout prevention program were routinely undertaken in 62% of elementary schools (n=27) and in 91% of high schools (n=33). Staff development activities related to dropout prevention were reported by 44% of counties, and prevention activities by community organizations were reported by 53%. Dropout activities were assessed as effective or very effective by 44% of counties. The most frequently mentioned factor that could improve the dropout situation was additional counselors, particularly at the elementary level. Respondents identified 43 exemplary programs related to dropout prevention, which will be incorporated into a resource guide. These programs frequently demonstrate the connection between school skills and life skills. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Partnerships in Education; Task Force Approach; West Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Rural Education Symposium of the American Council on Rural Special Education and the National Rural and Small Schools Consortium (Tucson, AZ, March 18-22, 1990).