ERIC Number: ED367748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Hypotheses for Effective Dropout Prevention: Lessons from Project "YES."
Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
This second interim report presents evaluation results from Project Youth Experiencing Success (YES) and documents a decrease in the Virginia statewide event-dropout rate in grades 7 through 12 from 4.8 percent during the 1988-89 school year to 3.3 percent during the 1991-92 year. Event-dropout rates measure the proportion of students who drop out in a single year without completing high school. The project supports school divisions in their efforts to provide services for at-risk youth. A statewide survey of Project YES coordinators and an in-depth case study of seven schools found that there is some active attempt to foster parent involvement by Project YES staff. The major focus is on helping the parent help the child with schoolwork and in involving parents as volunteers in school. Project YES shows community involvement primarily by using service agencies for referrals and for information. Data on parent and community approaches show room for improvement and innovation. The project evaluation team suggests that YES programs might be more effective if school divisions were to devote more time to inservice training and cooperation with local colleges and universities. Ten appendixes present numerical data on dropouts and supporting materials, including the statewide survey instrument and the principal and teacher interview guides. (Contains 63 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Ability, At Risk Persons, Case Studies, College School Cooperation, Community Involvement, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Programs, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Parent Participation, Potential Dropouts, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Surveys, Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond.
Identifiers: Project YES VA; Virginia