ERIC Number: ED390617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Students At Risk Program (STAR) and Queensland Secondary Schools within the Priority Country Areas Program (PCAP).
This paper describes two programs that work together to meet the educational needs of at-risk secondary students in small rural schools in Queensland, Australia. The goal of the Students At Risk program (STAR) is to increase retention rates of identified at-risk students. The Priority Country Areas Program (PCAP) assists schools and community groups with improving educational participation and learning outcomes for disadvantaged students restricted by geographic isolation. To qualify for program funding, schools must submit information on retention rates as well as strategies for identifying at-risk students and proposed interventions. The St. George School in rural Queensland is an example of how both programs have provided resources in meeting the educational needs of rural students. STAR funding has allowed the employment of an Aboriginal home-school liaison officer who is responsible for contacting families, encouraging parental involvement, intervening when students experience problems, and providing in-class support for at-risk students. PCAP complements the work of STAR by providing a bus that introduces students to the wider world and allows them to participate in work experiences outside their community. As a result, student attendance rates have improved, a greater number of Aboriginal girls are completing their education, parents have become more involved, and retention rates have improved. At the Hughenden State School in rural Queensland, funding has been used to implement programs aimed at informing students of their postschool options, improving Year 10 students' basic skills to encourage their continuation to Year 12, and enhancing standard computer skills for all senior students. (LP)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Cooperative Programs, Disadvantaged, Foreign Countries, Geographic Isolation, High Risk Students, Indigenous Populations, Parent School Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Small Schools, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Queensland)
Note: In: Issues Affecting Rural Communities. Proceedings of an International Conference Held by the Rural Education Research and Development Centre (Townsville, Queensland, Australia, July 10-15, 1994); see RC 020 376.