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ERIC Number: ED319019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of Students at Risk.
Parker, Karen L.
A collaborative study between 100 Phi Delta Kappa chapters attempted to answer the following questions about at-risk students: (1) who is at risk; (2) what are they like; (3) what is the school doing to help these students; and (4) how effective are these efforts? Each chapter identified three representative public schools in its area: one elementary, one middle school, and one high school. In each school, the chapter interviewed the principal, surveyed teachers, wrote a narrative report about the school, and collected data about 100 students in each school. A "holding power statistic" was applied to the high school and an in-depth case study of one at-risk student was completed which included video-taped interviews. Results of data gathered from 22,018 students were used to produce an "at-risk scale," with the upper quartile designated as at-risk. Schools' efforts were examined from several perspectives including viewpoints of teachers and principals. Results indicated that principals and teachers agreed that teachers, rather than parents or the students themselves, should be responsible for helping students acquire reading comprehension. A school effort score indicated that few school interventions were provided for at-risk students and that a minimal relationship between the degree of the at-risk score and the school effort score existed. The ultimate goal of follow-up research is to identify at-risk students and provide appropriate interventions before the students experience failure. (One figure and three tables of data are included.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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