ERIC Number: ED284943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Summer Training and Education Program (STEP): Report on the 1985 Summer Experience. Executive Summary.
Branch, Alvia Y.
The Summer Training and Education Program (STEP) provides 14 and 15 year olds with a paid summer experience that combines work, remediation in reading and math, and life skills instruction. This national, federally funded program is a response to data which show that poor academic performance and teenage pregnancy are important contributors to dropout behavior and difficulties in the labor market. Four separate but related components comprise the STEP intervention; they are the following: (1) a remediation component which provides instruction in reading and math; (2) a lifeskills and opportunities component which teaches the students responsible social and sexual attitudes; (3) a work experience component in which the participants are paid minimum wage for entry level jobs; and (4) a school year support component which follows the students through the academic year and encourages them to return to STEP for the second summer. The results of this first summer show that the program design operated well. Success was made in stemming the learning losses which usually take place over the summer, Hispanic participants made significant academic gains, and the students' knowledge of birth control was substantially increased. (VM)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Daily Living Skills, Internship Programs, Low Achievement, Potential Dropouts, Remedial Instruction, Sexuality, Summer Programs, Work Study Programs
The Communications Department, Public/Private Ventures, 399 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.
Note: For the full report, see ED 283 028.