ERIC Number: ED358391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Program To Reduce Failure Rates of Ninth Grade Students.
Pantleo, Sam J.
This report describes procedures to develop and implement a program to reduce ninth grade failure rates at a high school of 1,200 students in the center of a western city of 100,000. It is noted that grading data collected at the middle school and the high school levels have indicated that the number of failing grades increased substantially as students moved from eighth to ninth grade. The solution to the problem reported here involved a coordinated effort between middle and high school teachers to increase student academic success. The described program addressed problems associated with the middle school transition by having eighth grade students attend a shadow day and extracurricular fair to become familiar with the high school. Additional time was spent assisting eighth grade students in selection of classes for their ninth grade year and a peer leader program was implemented which provided academic and social support for incoming ninth grade students. Project results are presented which demonstrated that students involved in the majority of program interventions had a greater likelihood of succeeding in school and that ninth grade students who had had frequent peer visits had fewer failing grades. This report documents the problem background and context, describes the project implementation, presents an evaluation of results, and discusses decisions on the future of the intervention. Appendices include survey instruments, teacher and peer leader comments, and a peer/mentor/leader program proposal. Contains 42 references. (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Major Applied Research Project, Ed.D., Nova University.