ERIC Number: ED338765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the STRIVE Program.
Stevens, Carla J.; And Others
This paper evaluates STRIVE, an alternative program designed to provide a nurturing, caring, and intensive academic environment for over-age, low-performing ninth grade students attending the Barbara Jordan High School for Careers in Houston (Texas). STRIVE operates in isolation from the regular student population and has a counselor and four teachers who work in a team format. The program includes enrichment activities, access to computers, and options to participate in sports and vocational programs. In particular, the evaluation examines the program's effectiveness in improving attendance rates and academic performance of selected students while encouraging them to remain in school to complete their education. The program was first implemented in 1987-88. Sixty-two students participated in the program in 1990-91. By addressing seven research questions the study shows the following: (1) participants improved their performance on a standardized achievement test during the year they participated in the program; (2) participants outperformed a comparison group on a math component only; (3) attendance rates declined significantly; (4) statistics on dropout rates were not conclusive; and (5) examination of withdrawal rates indicated that the program does help to keep participants in school. Data are provided in 13 tables and one bar graph. Included are three references. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age Grade Placement, Attendance, Compensatory Education, Dropout Prevention, Grade 9, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Low Achievement, Nontraditional Education, Program Evaluation, School Districts, School Holding Power, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.