ERIC Number: ED370195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A School within a School: Evaluation Results of the First Year of a Restructuring Effort.
Fouts, Jeffrey T.
In 1990, Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, Washington, decided to implement four schools within schools, each with its separate academic and career focus. The first section of this paper outlines the 3-year evaluation plan for the Health/Science School (1992-1995), with a focus on identifying program outcomes and developing assessment measures. The second section describes the Health/Science School's first-year outcomes, which include: the development of an integrated curriculum, cooperative learning, flexible scheduling, cohort learning, teacher cooperation, alternative assessment strategies, and the direct application of learning to life situations. Data were obtained through: (1) teacher interviews, student essays, and parent surveys; and (2) a comparison of the 70 Health/Science students with a random sample of 76 "regular" students on six academic variables and student behavior records. Findings indicate that the Health/Science school was successful in providing an educational environment with high levels of innovation, teacher support, and student cooperation. Although the program did not result in higher grades, Health/Science students demonstrated substantial improvement in their writing abilities and had fewer absences and discipline referrals than the comparison group. Teachers, parents, and students expressed general satisfaction with the program. Recommendations are made regarding planning and curriculum development, leadership, and program expectations. Four tables are included. Appendices contain a classroom environment profile and descriptions, and characteristics of successful program implementation. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kent School District WA
Note: Appendix 1 contains some faint and broken print.