ERIC Number: ED329796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
T.A.P.S. To Allow Pupils to Succeed. A Model Program for At-Risk Students Linking Vocational Education and Alternatives to Social Promotion. Final Evaluation Report.
English, Kenneth; Edwards, Mary
During the 1988-89 school year, the Kaufman Independent School District (Texas) developed a model program for students at risk of dropping out of school. The program linked a current basic skills instructional program, a vocational education program, and an at-risk program. The goal of TAPS (To Allow Pupils to Succeed) was to produce high school graduates with marketable skills who can be integrated within society. Program activities included remediation, counseling, preemployment skills training, computer literacy, peer modeling, promotion of positive attitudes, job awareness, enhancement of employment skills of students with disabilities, and inservice training to help teachers deal with low achievers. Approximately 122 at-risk students volunteered to participate; 77 students remained in the program throughout the year. The program was evaluated through comparisons of test scores, evaluation of dropout and passing rates, and surveys of teachers, counselors, administrators, students, and parents. The program halved the dropout rate for students who participated. It produced mixed results in other areas, although test scores improved in some subjects. Students benefited by improving their self-esteem, becoming successful in the classroom, and learning about career opportunities, and teachers became aware of high-risk students' needs. (Thirteen appendixes--half the document--include the linkage model, a form for recommendations for at-risk programs, student profile sheet, individual goal strategy plan, resource list from the vocational support center, parent permission letter, weekly assignment sheets, list of software used in the program with supplier names and addresses, software sheet, form for recording software use, achievement scores, inventory guide to inservice training for meeting needs of at-risk students.) (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Education, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropout Rate, High Risk Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Outcomes of Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Remedial Programs, Secondary Education, Social Promotion, Special Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Vocational Programs.
Authoring Institution: Kaufman Independent School District, TX.