ERIC Number: ED338953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Key Issues in Education: Drug-Free Schools. 1990-91 Program Evaluation of Federally Funded Drug-Free Schools Programs.
The Austin (Texas) Independent School District (AISD) received monies to combat drug and alcohol abuse on its campuses through the Drug-Free Schools and Communities (DFSC) Act of 1986. Each year, programs funded and services purchased with these funds have changed. In 1990-91 most of the DFSC monies were used for these projects: the Secondary Student Leadership Development Program which consisted of 1-day workshops for secondary students; a Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) program at all high schools and five junior high/middle schools; a MegaSkills project offering training in parenting skills in the elementary schools; and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) which was offered to all fifth- and seventh-grade students. The results of an evaluation indicated: (1) there was no districtwide Prevention and Remediation In Drug Education (PRIDE) coordinator to oversee prevention activities; (2) on districtwide surveys, teachers and high school students ranked use of drugs and drinking/alcoholism as lesser problems in 1990-91 than in 1989-90; (3) compared to seventh graders surveyed statewide, fewer AISD seventh graders reported having tried alcohol and inhalants, but more students reported having tried tobacco, marijuana, and cocaine; (4) training for elementary parents was offered through the MegaSkills program, with almost two-thirds of elementary schools having a trainer on campus; and (5) students credited attendance at Secondary Student Leadership Development (SSLD) retreats with helping in the areas of leadership, confidence, decision making, and resistance to drugs and alcohol. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Drug Free Schools and Communities Act 1986