ERIC Number: ED337523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
I Have a Dream in Washington, D.C. Initial Report.
Higgins, Catherine; And Others
This report presents an independent evaluation of E. Lang's I Have a Dream (IHAD) model intervention for disadvantaged youth as it has been implemented in three schools in the Greater Washington (District of Columbia) area. Sixty IHAD participants are randomly selected as they enter sixth or seventh grade for higher education tuition guarantees provided by two or three sponsors each and intervention-support services during middle and secondary school years. Findings for this report are based on a 1-year study of three classes and on interviews, observations, and school records of IHAD and non-IHAD participants. The review found that the Washington IHAD program is a promising intervention. The study gives clear evidence that the IHAD intervention has targeted and reached highly disadvantaged youth early enough in the participants' lives that academic and social problems can be addressed. Interviews with participants suggest that IHAD may have positive effects on educational aspirations and performance. The size and generosity of the sponsors' financial commitment impresses the participants and gives them a special connection to the world of success. However, some services considered necessary are provided unevenly and ineffectively reflecting the informal structure of the program and the sponsors' autonomy. Statistical data are presented in one table. A list of seven references and a discussion of the research methodology are included. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Comparative Analysis, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Helping Relationship, Intermediate Grades, Private Financial Support, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Pupil Personnel Services, Secondary Education, Student Financial Aid, Tuition Grants, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: District of Columbia Public Schools; Prince Georges County Public Schools MD