ERIC Number: ED344064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Effectiveness of New York City's Career Magnet Schools: An Evaluation of Ninth Grade Performance Using an Experimental Design.
Crain, Robert L.; And Others
The career magnet high school programs of the New York City (NYC) public school system were evaluated in an experimental study. The experimental design compared the ninth-grade performance of students randomly selected for magnet schools with those who "lost the lottery." It included 91 pools of students: 3,272 with average reading scores and 986 with scores in the bottom 16% or who had not taken the reading test. The career magnet programs in NYC are of two types: one dedicated to career magnet education and the other placed within comprehensive high schools as schools-within-a-school. The self-contained schools encouraged students to enroll in high school and helped students earn more graduation credits. The programs within comprehensive schools raised students' reading scores. Programs with hands-on computer work encouraged attendance and programs with strong placement efforts encouraged poor readers to stay in school. (Seventeen tables, 4 references, and 3 appendices are included. The appendices discuss using the experimental results to estimate the impact of career magnets on students and the program administrator survey; a sample page from the directory of NYC public schools is provided.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Career Education, College Preparation, Computer Uses in Education, Equal Education, Grade 9, Graduation Requirements, High School Graduates, High Schools, House Plan, Magnet Schools, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, Reading Skills, Research Design, School Choice, School Holding Power, Scores
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers: New York (New York); Randomization