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ERIC Number: ED394939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Ensuring Success for At-Risk Students at the High School.
Ruppert, Nancy Bell; Smith, Margaret J.
This study examines components of a middle school program designed to enable at-risk students to complete the 3 years of middle school in 2 years, and it looks at the progress of eight graduates of the program during their first semester in high school in South Carolina. Over-age students who entered sixth grade and displayed potential were considered for the pre-high school at-risk program. The group studied is the first group of students to successfully complete the self-contained, highly-structured, technology-based program. Student interviews, teacher surveys, parent questionnaires, and student grades were examined to identify each student's progress in the first two 9-week segments of the first 9th-grade semester. The study showed a lack of parent involvement; lack of communication between the middle school and the high school administration and guidance departments; and poor effort on the students' part. Yet, by the end of the semester, six of the eight students were passing at least half of their courses. Findings suggest: that the middle school at-risk program contained all the elements of a good program; that good communication is needed between middle school and high school; and that more parent participation needs to be encouraged. (Contains 12 references.) (NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Carolina