ERIC Number: ED306331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-4
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the New York City Dropout Prevention Initiative. Final Report on the High Schools for Year Two, 1986-87.
Grannis, Joseph; And Others
This evaluation of the second-year (1986-87) implementation of the New York City (New York) Dropout Prevention Initiative (DPI) in 13 high schools focuses on student characteristics and outcomes, with a discussion of a set of statistical data on program services, findings on school-level indicators of program effectiveness, and an analysis of program costs. The DPI has been organized to test the effectiveness of the following models of service delivery: (1) pure systemic, in which services are directed toward changing the entire school environment; (2) modified systemic, in which some case management services for at-risk students are provided by community-based organizations (CBOs); (3) modified CBO, in which case management services provided by CBOs are augmented with some funding for systemic services; and (4) pure CBO, in which the program consists entirely of case management services provided by CBOs. Data were analyzed from the following sources: (1) site visits; (2) interviews with school personnel; (3) logs of services delivered to students; (4) a student attitude survey; (5) the New York City Board of Education's student data base; and (6) monitoring reports on CBOs. Overall, the DPI was not successful in improving student attendance or academic achievement enough to ensure that students would be able to earn a high school diploma within a reasonable length of time, although targeted students were less likely to drop out than eligible-but-not-targeted students. Recommendations for improvement are included. Statistical data are included on 36 tables and 15 graphs. (FMW)
Descriptors: Community Organizations, Cost Effectiveness, Demonstration Programs, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, High Risk Students, High Schools, Models, Outcomes of Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Community Programs, Secondary Education, Services, Student Characteristics, Urban Areas, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Inst. for Urban and Minority Education.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)