ERIC Number: ED359641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Educational Reform on Students in At-Risk Situations, Phase III: Interim Report. Executive Summary.
Texas Education Agency, Austin.
This report presents findings from the 3rd year of a 4-year study of the impact of educational reform on at-risk students in Texas. Specifically, the study examined the effect of four reforms on at-risk students--the attendance policy, the no pass/no play rule, the driver's license law, and the TEAMS/TAAS (Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills/Texas Assessment of Academic Skills) exit-level examination. Methodology involved three components: a longitudinal study of 9th- and 10th-grade at-risk students in 50 school districts; a case study of 8 high schools; and a statewide survey of all high school principals, which elicited an 81 percent return rate. Findings suggest that the four policies do not increase academic achievement or graduation rates, which are the two purposes for implementing the reforms. First, the policies fail to touch many of the students defined as at risk using TEA criteria; and second, they do not influence many unidentified at-risk students who experienced difficulties. Specific policies are perceived to have little impact on regular students, but are viewed as having a neutral or negative impact on at-risk students. Effective policy implementation must take local variability into account, be ongoing, utilize locally existing networks, and promote cooperation among all levels. General policy recommendations are included at the end of the report. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas