ERIC Number: ED318829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Strive Project: A Special "Pull-Out" Instructional Program for At-Risk Ninth Grade Students.
Opuni, Kwame A.
STRIVE was a special instructional program which provided a nurturing, caring, intensive instructional milieu for over-aged, low-performing ninth graders, who were perceived to be at risk of dropping out of school, at Barbara Jordan High School for Careers in Houston (Texas) during the 1988-89 school year. This report evaluates the effectiveness of the STRIVE project in improving student academic performance, and their attitudes toward themselves, learning, and class attendance. The following findings are presented: (1) STRIVE students significantly outperformed the non-STRIVE students in reading, mathematics, social studies, and science on the Metropolitan Achievement Test-Sixth Edition (MAT-6); (2) 47 percent of the students indicated that their desire to attend school every day had increased; (3) 65 percent of the students expressed increased appreciation for their teachers; (4) 57 percent of the students indicated that the program had helped them feel better about themselves; (5) 70 percent of the students stated that they felt more confident in their ability to improve their grades; (6) 90 percent of the students expressed that they would encourage other at-risk ninth graders to enroll in the program; (7) both STRIVE and non-STRIVE students' mean attendance rates declined, but the STRIVE students had a smaller margin of decline than the non-STRIVE students; and (8) 25 percent of the students left the program during the 1988-89 school year. One table is included. (JS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Analysis of Covariance, Attendance, Dropout Prevention, Educationally Disadvantaged, Enrichment Activities, High Risk Students, High School Freshmen, Junior High Schools, Program Effectiveness, Scores, Self Esteem, Student Attitudes, Student Improvement, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Youth Programs.