ERIC Number: ED338952
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
School-Community Guidance Center, 1990-91: Reaching for New Levels.
This document describes the School-Community Guidance Center (SCGC), a center created by the Austin (Texas) Independent School District to provide support services for students assigned to the Alternative Learning Center (ALC) and the Gardner-Betts House (GBH) because of their contact with the juvenile justice system or their at-risk status. The introduction to the report explains the state legislation which authorized the creation of SCGCs. The program description section discusses the SCGC, the ALC Component, and the GBH Juvenile Detention Facility Component. Other sections examine the level system and three-tier removal system used at the ALC. ALC enrollment and student characteristics are described and program costs are reviewed. Following the bibliography are attachments which further explain the level system, the restructuring of the ALC, student offenses, and the population served by the GBH. Findings of a program evaluation are discussed, including the major findings that: (1) the level system appears successful in changing students' problem behaviors; (2) the level system has increased staff workload; (3) recidivism has decreased; (4) about one-third of ALC students could have been expelled or arrested for their offenses; (5) the district discipline reporting files are not being maintained and updated completely by many schools; and (6) more students are remaining at the ALC for more than one semester, which may strain the current staff unless the three-tier removal system is used efficiently. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.