ERIC Number: ED354450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Dropout Prevention Initiatives FY 1986 to 1990.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.
In 1985-86 two major attendance improvement/dropout prevention programs were initiated in selected New York City middle and high schools with attendance rates below the citywide median. The following year, a limited number of elementary schools were added to the program making a total of 36 high schools, 98 middle schools, and 5 elementary schools. In the first 4 years of the program over 150,000 students were served. The programs were evaluated each year. The evaluations revealed that the programs failed to meet their goals of improved attendance and academic achievement by a majority of participants. The evaluation indicated: (1) less than 40% of the high school students improved their attendance each year; (2) in the middle schools less than half of the students improved their attendance each year in the Dropout Prevention Program and in 2 out of 3 years in the Attendance Improvement Dropout Prevention program; (3) in the high schools, less than 45% of the students increased the number of courses they passed; and (4) elementary school programs were more effective than the middle or high school programs. Among the recommendations of the evaluation were: restructure the school experience for at-risk students; encourage the schools to use school-based planning/shared decision-making in developing dropout prevention plans; and provide professional development training to teachers and from other staff members who are unaccustomed to working with at-risk students. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment.