ERIC Number: ED344975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Lessons from the High School Redirection Replication.
Baker, Anita M.; Weinbaum, Alexandra T.
A study was done to describe the development of seven alternative schools for youth who dropped out of high school or who were at risk of doing so on the model of a Brooklyn (New York) alternative school, High School Redirection. The replication demonstration took place in the 1988-89 and 1989-90 school years in Cincinnati (Ohio), Denver (Colorado), Detroit (Michigan), Los Angeles (California), Newark (New Jersey), Stockton (California), and Wichita (Kansas). Only six sites, however, were fully participating: Denver ceased participating in the documentation/technical assistance project in Year 2, and Detroit did not open its alternative school until Year 2. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used to study the schools including the following: (1) site visits; (2) student opinion surveys; (3) student data surveys; (4) assessment of school outcomes; and (5) assessment of student outcomes. For the most part sites were able to replicate the model criteria. The replication of the educational content of the model was more complex and depended on several locally controlled factors. Findings on school and student outcomes indicate that schools enrolled and retained a substantial number of at-risk students, that more than 50 percent of the students persisted in all of the schools for both years, and that retention and persistence improved at all sites. Included are 2 tables, 2 appendices containing 6 tables, and 43 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).