ERIC Number: ED337899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Impact of Educational Reform on At-Risk Students in Texas: Preliminary Findings.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
A study was conducted to gain a better understanding of how the term "at-risk" is defined and applied in the schools and to assess the intended and unintended consequences of four policies: attendance, the Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills exit-level examination, the no pass/no play rule, and the driver's license law on at-risk students. The study consists of three components: (1) a longitudinal study of 1,800 identified at-risk students who participate in extracurricular activities in 50 school districts; (2) a case study of eight high schools; and (3) a statewide survey of high school principals' perceptions of the effects of the four policies. Chapters take up such topics as determining the problem, reform actions in Texas, methodology of the study, establishing dropout statistics, and risk identification practices. A general discussion addresses the concept of at-risk as operationalized in the schools, whose problem it is, and whether an increase in resources would make a difference. Appended is a list of the school districts in the study, the evaluation strategy, the characteristics of high schools, the relative frequency of use of criteria for the identification of at-risk students, a grounded model of students' relative risk, and six other statistical appendices relating to the four policies. (RR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.