ERIC Number: ED363653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
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Parents' Perceptions, Teachers' Feedback and Selected Students' Outcomes in the Evaluation of Dropout Prevention Programs.
Southard, Margarida F.
In the 1989-90 school year, 13 dropout prevention programs were implemented in the Leon County (Florida) School District. The Comprehensive Dropout Prevention Program (CDPP) for Leon County schools included Educational Alternatives Programs, a Teenage Parent Program, a Substance Abuse Program, and Youth Services Programs. This report presents results of a 1989-90 formative evaluation of the CDPP, using data from the Student Information System, document reviews, parent questionnaires, and 38 interviews with teachers and administrators. Seventy-eight percent of participating students remained in school. Fewer implementation problems existed at the elementary school level, in which parents had positive attitudes toward the programs. At the middle school level, some programs had strong parent support and some students made strong academic progress. The high level of middle school student attrition and the lack of valid data made evaluation difficult. Project Success programs for 9th and 10th graders corresponded with improved attendance and citizenship, but academic achievement, dropout rates, and promotion rates need improvement. Parent involvement was lowest in the high schools. Dropout program success should not be based solely on dropout rate reduction. Programs should focus on academic achievement, personal counseling, and staffing by caring adults to meet short- and long-term goals. An appendix lists evaluation objectives. (Contains 8 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Counseling, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropout Rate, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, High Risk Students, Interviews, Outcomes of Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Substance Abuse, Teacher Attitudes, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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