ERIC Number: ED284952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Research Needed to Assess the Performance of Magnet Schools
Bailey, Jerry D.
Magnet schools are designed to increase students' chances of obtaining the type of education they desire, but little is known about the actual relationship between the magnet school experience and its benefit to students once they leave it, and more research is needed. While a considerable amount has been written about the effects that magnet schools have on the quality of education, achievement questions are still fertile ones for investigation. Another need is in the area of information about students' success after leaving magnet schools. It would be helpful to know how successful the magnet experience was in fulfilling the educational and career aspirations of the students, the relationship of magnet programs to the postmagnet experience, the success of its students in achieving career objectives, or whether the magnet experience was causal to the students' ability to gain entrance into the college of his or her choice. Such information seems to be lacking in many school districts that have magnet school programs. Other research studies might usefully identify which systems developed the capacity to track students after their enrollment; compare the performance of students by feeder school, race, sex, ability, and interest; and document the progress of students over the period of time that students are enrolled in the magnets--do students do better in the second year than in the first? Finally, little is known about the basic organization of magnet schools. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Planning and Developing Magnet Schools: Experience and Observation; see UD 025 778.