ERIC Number: ED354280
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Home-School-Community Agents and Safety and Security Specialists Merged Program: 1991-1992. Final Evaluation Report.
This study evaluated a program of strategies and coordinated services designed to increase safety in the Columbus (Ohio) district schools. In the 1991-92 school year, the Home-School-Community Agents (HSCAs) and Safety-Security Specialists (SSSs) programs were merged and together they concentrated on the following goals: (1) safe and secure school environments; (2) liaison among schools, parents, and the community; (3) safety for students enroute to and from school; (4) liaison among parents, students, and the community to promote adjustment of disruptive pupils to the school environment; (5) liaison among schools, the police, and courts; and (6) keeping appropriate records. The merged program served 485 students, was staffed by 19 HSCAs and 9 SSSs, and was based in 15 high schools and 12 middle schools. The evaluation focused on the in-depth services provided to disruptive pupils. Of the 173 students who completed pretests and posttests about their attitudes, 53.2 percent showed improved school-related attitudes. Of all of the students served by the program, 57.7 percent were rated by their case-workers as having derived some benefit from the program. An evaluation of a home-school liaison component of the program found that program objectives were achieved. Overall, the merger of the two programs was generally successful. Fifteen tables are included. Three appendixes contain operational objectives and activities, eight figures showing dropout probabilities by grade, and the study instruments. (JB)
Descriptors: Educational Cooperation, Educational Environment, High School Students, High Schools, Intermediate Grades, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Minority Group Children, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Program Evaluation, School Community Relationship, School Holding Power, School Safety, Secondary Education, Specialists, Student Attitudes, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbus Public Schools, OH. Dept. of Program Evaluation.