ERIC Number: ED329565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Feedback: Progress Report on the Science Academy of Austin.
The achievement of students at the Science Academy of Austin, an academy located within a high school, is profiled. A study was conducted to compare Science Academy students to other high-achieving students in the Austin (Texas) Independent School District (AISD) and to predict levels of achievement. The results of this study indicate that Academy students exceeded the predicted gains in reading and mathematics at almost every grade level, with the exception of 10th-grade comprehension scores that were at the predicted level. Thirty-five percent of the graduating seniors at the Science Academy were recognized for academic excellence. The Science Academy has been phased in, one grade at a time, with enrollment limited to approximately 200 students. Enrollment of female students, at 45%, is approaching the distribution in the entire district. Recruitment and retention of minority students, particularly Blacks, are issues that confront the Academy. Hispanic enrollment has shown the greatest growth among ethnic groups. Science Academy graduates have been accepted into over 60 colleges nationwide. In 1989-90, the Science Academy had a much higher proportion (97%) of gifted students (those in honors courses), and fewer lower income students (11%) than did the AISD as a whole. The Science Academy had no limited English proficient or special education students during these years. Eight figures and three tables are included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, College Bound Students, Comparative Analysis, High Achievement, High School Students, High Schools, Minority Groups, Program Evaluation, School Districts, School Statistics, Science Achievement, Science Education, Science Teaching Centers, Secondary School Science, Sex Differences, Statistical Data
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.