ERIC Number: ED335774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Effective Schools Research and Dropout Reduction. Practitioner's Guide Series Number Five.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Texas Dropout Information Clearinghouse.
A summary of research on effective school characteristics as they relate to dropout prevention and recovery is presented in order to inform practitioners of the literature in this area. The summary takes the form of discussions of the following research findings: (1) there are important similarities between effective schools and successful dropout reduction programs; (2) well-designed dropout prevention and recovery efforts are complemented by improvement programs based on effective schools research; (3) high expectations for all are important--separate programs for at-risk youth can communicate reduced expectations for academic performance; (4) clear goals and objectives are characteristic of effective schools; (5) consistently administered, explicit rules for student behavior establish a successful learning environment for at-risk students and dropouts; (6) effective classroom instructional and management activities can promote teacher involvement with and responsibility for the academic performance of at-risk youth; (7) close monitoring of individual performance can provide the individualized attention that at-risk youth often require; (8) research has defined goals for effective schools, but creative implementation strategies are still needed; and (9) effective school-based improvement and dropout reduction programs are more likely to be successful when they are implemented one school at a time. (34 references) (EJS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Texas Dropout Information Clearinghouse.