ERIC Number: ED064423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Final Report of the Evaluation of the 1970-71 School-Home Contact Program. New York State Urban Education.
Erickson, Edsel; And Others
The main stated purpose of this project is to send 100 Family Assistants who are familiar with the community into the homes of senior high school students who show serious problems in school attendance, adjustment, and/or achievement. The project is designed to provide a link between home and school for 15,000 such potential dropouts by having the Family Assistants serve as models for the students, in a ratio of 150 to 1, under the supervision of the school administration. Visitations are made by these paraprofessionals to the homes to teach the parents what to expect from the school, and what to do to help their children adjust and achieve. The Family Assistants are recruited from the target neighborhoods and serve 18 schools throughout the city. They work five hours a day, and when home visits are not possible in the daytime, evening or weekend visits are arranged and made. Briefly summarized, the major findings are that the program has contributed over the period of this evaluation to: (1) a reduction in absenteeism; (2) a reduction in class cutting; (3) a reduction in class tardiness; (4) a reduction in school dropouts; (5) no discernable improvements in academic achievement; (6) positive school-parent relations; and, (7) positive student attitudes. (Authors/JM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Attitude Change, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Family School Relationship, Home Visits, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Student Attitudes
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Sponsor: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.
Authoring Institution: Teaching and Learning Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)