ERIC Number: ED361392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Continuation High School Effectiveness Study, Phase II: Qualitative Analysis of More Effective Schools. (A Report to the California Legislature Pursuant to 1987 Budget Act Supplemental Report, Section 9.00, Item #6100-101-001).
Scheffelin, Margaret; Emmett, Terry
Information is provided on factors associated with the effectiveness of continuation high schools in California. This Phase 2 report (following a Phase 1 study of 54 schools) is based on information gathered from 10 schools that were selected as among the more effective in the state at retaining students in school and graduating them. Effectiveness was determined by a single variable composed of dropout rate, attendance rate, graduation rate, and average achievement on the California Assessment Program tests. Data were collected through interviews and school visits. Among the important factors characteristic of effective continuation schools were a curriculum with well-developed personal and career elements, and a strongly positive staff. Students have chosen to attend these schools and appear to have more positive attitudes than would otherwise be the case. Various support services are available in these schools, and interactions between students and staff are highly personal. These schools emphasize learning rather than teaching. In addition, these schools receive adequate funding from their districts to provide small classes and a variety of materials and equipment. Appendixes A and B, analytic descriptions of the schools and the effectiveness factors, are published separately. Appendix C, attached, contains the recommendations from the Phase 1 study. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Attendance, Class Size, Continuation Students, Dropout Prevention, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Financial Support, High School Graduates, High Schools, Instructional Materials, Nontraditional Education, School Effectiveness, Teacher Student Relationship
Special Studies and Evaluation Reports Unit, California Department of Education, 721 Capitol Mall, P.O. Box 944272, Sacramento, CA 94244-2720.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Evaluation and Research.
Identifiers - Location: California