ERIC Number: ED342560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-18
Middle School Dropout Prevention: The STEP Model.
Allen, Tommy W.
This paper describes the Summer Training and Education Program (STEP) for at-risk students that combines remedial reading and math instruction, education on responsible sexual attitudes and behavior, and work experience. During two consecutive summers, STEP participants receive 90 hours of remedial instruction in reading and math (Practical Academics), attend Life Skills and Opportunities (LSO) for 18 hours, and work for at least 100 hours on the Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYETP) jobs. They are paid minimum wage for a full day, 5 days a week for 6 to 8 weeks. During the school year, STEP youth are individually counseled and tutored, and are involved in STEP group activities. A second summer of work and study is guaranteed to successful first-summer completers who stay in school. Practical Academics uses learning models based on relevant themes, individual instruction, and computer assisted instruction. LSO is a standardized curriculum involving lectures, discussions, field trips, role-plays, films, and guest speakers. LSO focuses on preparing students for the world of work and dealing with sexual development, feelings, and behavior. Under the School Year Support component of the program, each participant is assigned an advocate who telephones and meets with the participant at least twice a month. Test results show that students in the 23 STEP sites that began operation in 1990 significantly boosted academic competence during their first summer in STEP. (KS)
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Note: In: Reaching Our Potential: Rural Education in the 90's. Conference Proceedings, Rural Education Symposium (Nashville, TN, March 17-20, 1991); see RC 018 473.