ERIC Number: ED318816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Indivisible. Good Schools=Health Economy. Poor Academic Achievement=Increased Unemployment. A Longitudinal Pilot Study on the Relationship between Job Growth and School Performance in 15 of Illinois' Largest Counties. A Report to Cook County Assessor Thomas Hynes.
Kyle, Charles L.; Sufritz, Erica
This longitudinal study indicates that educational reform and economic performance are indivisible. The first part of the study examines job growth or decline by type of job between 1972 and 1985 by county and ranks the counties based on their performance during the 13-year period. The second part of the study examines the relationship between the increase or decline of certain jobs by county with the state "report cards" issued by the high schools in each of the counties. The following conclusions are reported: (1) the economy is languishing in most counties as the state attempts to adjust to the global economic competition that has destroyed the manufacturing sector; (2) the restructuring of the world economy has led to an increased demand for a literate work force to staff the expanding service sector of information-based industries and has also led to increased need for sophisticated, highly educated workers to fill jobs in the high technology industries; (3) the few counties that have fared well in this economic restructuring also have school systems that have attained high achievement scores on national tests; (4) Cook County, Peoria County, Madison County, and St. Clair County have done poorly in both job growth and school performance; (5) Cook County has performed dismally in job development; (6) Cook County schools have the highest dropout rates in the state; and (7) the majority of students graduating from Cook County high schools have not performed well enough on the American College Testing (ACT) Program to gain entrance into the vast majority of four-year colleges in the state. Sixteen tables of statistical data are included. A list of 11 references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois