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ERIC Number: ED306421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May-11
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Up the Down Staircase: Carl Perkins' Transition Initiatives and School Reform. Legislative Issues Shaping Future Directions.
Decoteau, J. Patrick
High school reform efforts in the 1980s have negatively affected the access to vocational education of high school students, including those with special needs, as evidenced by a longitudinal study of the course-taking patterns of high school students in one Illinois community (called "Fremont" in the study). The sample was composed of 575 white, black, and mainstreamed special needs high school students. The course-taking patterns of the classes of 1981, 1984, and 1987 were examined, as well as the patterns of four years of courses taken by one class. Major findings included the following: (1) the number of courses required for graduation at Fremont exceeded that required by Illinois both before and after the state requirements were increased due to the reform movement; (2) a slight but steady decrease in vocational courses occurred as an increase in mathematics course-taking occurred; (3) black students' achievement improved, perhaps as a result of decreased remedial course-taking and increased academic coursework; and (4) special education student achievement declined, based on a significant increase in mainstreamed course-taking. (CML)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984