ERIC Number: ED294945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Performance of Educationally-At-Risk Pacific and Asian Students in a Traditional Academic Program.
Dolly, John P.; And Others
There is a misconception in the research literature that low income students from underrepresented minority groups need special educational programs to be successful in a competitive society. This study investigated the performance of Pacific and Asian students in a traditional academic environment, The Lab School in Hawaii, where they were given clear expectations concerning their participation and performance and few academic options. The study focused on how at-risk students performed on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Scores were compared among ethnic groups and with those of Caucasian students in the same school. Significant differences were found between ethnic groups and between socioeconomic classes. Sex was a factor in grade point average where females were significantly higher than males. Korean students outperformed others on the SAT. Even students who performed at low levels within their courses went on to college after graduation. This was thought to be due to the exposure they received to an academic curriculum and those content areas required for college. Also their confidence was boosted from the knowledge that they had completed a rigorous program. There was no evidence that high ability students were negatively impacted by integrating lower ability students in the school. Tables and a list of references are included. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).