ERIC Number: ED249358
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jul-7
Reference Count: N/A
The Peninsula Academies. Third Yearly Interim Report.
Reynolds, Dorothy F.
The performance of the Peninsula Academies of Electronics and Computer Technology was assessed for the program's third year of operation in two host schools in the Sequoia Union High School District. Data were collected for approximately 190 Academy students and for a comparison group of non-Academy students. Academies students missed fewer days of school, and on the average earned as many or more credits toward high school graduation. Academy students achieved higher pass rates on the district proficiency tests in reading, mathematics, and writing, and had higher average scores on all but one test at one grade level. For Academy students, the overall rate of attrition for 1983-84 was lower than that for either of the two preceding years, in spite of a very high attrition rate for 10th grade electronics students. The school dropout rates for Academy versus non-Academy 10th grade students were about the same, but at the 11th and 12th grade levels, only about one-third as many Academy students dropped out. The school and industry personnel surveyed rated the concept of the program at 6.9 and the program as implemented at 5.5 on a 7-point scale. Students also rated the program highly. Representative parents of 10th graders were interviewed, and the majority rated the program "good" or "excellent." The work experience component was one of the most successful aspects of the program. Recommendations were made regarding equipment, communications, motivation, mentors, and work experience. (YLB)
Descriptors: Attendance, Career Education, Comparative Analysis, Computer Science, Dropout Rate, Educational Benefits, Educationally Disadvantaged, Electronics, Job Placement, Minority Groups, Nontraditional Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Student Attrition, Student Employment, Student Evaluation, Trade and Industrial Education, Unemployment, Work Experience Programs, Youth Employment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.