ERIC Number: ED311599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Education Reform: Initial Effects in Four School Districts. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Program Evaluation and Methodology Div.
At the request of the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary and Vocational Education of the House Committee on Education and Labor, a multistate study was conducted to examine the effects of reform on performance, dropout rates, and enrollment patterns. The study examined student data from four large school districts in four states where comprehensive state-level reforms have been in effect long enough for a class of students to experience at least three years of high school under the new requirements. The four districts provided computerized records for a total of about 61,000 students. With regard to the performance of educationally disadvantaged students, findings indicated that education reform was neither a disaster nor a boon in the four districts examined. Disadvantaged students appeared to have improved performance in three of the eight cases. The effects of reform on dropout rates were mixed. Only two districts had sound data to identify dropouts. Increased enrollment in academic courses after reform was associated with a decline in vocational enrollment for disadvantaged students. The appendices include: (1) design and measurement issues; (2) median achievement scores and net gain; (3) the effects of reform in rural school districts; (4) related multistate studies; and (5) a list of major contributors to the report. (SI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, Dropout Rate, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Educationally Disadvantaged, Enrollment Trends, Excellence in Education, Government Publications, High Risk Students, High School Graduates, High Schools, School Districts, State Surveys, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Program Evaluation and Methodology Div.