ERIC Number: ED371045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
School within a School, Grades 7, 8, 9, 10. Focus on Program Evaluation.
School within a School (SWS) is a locally funded program in the Des Moines (Iowa) Public Schools of instruction in basic skills, career guidance, and counseling support for at-risk 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th graders in comprehensive middle schools and high schools. In 1991-92, 323 high school students and 67 middle school students participated. As part of the program role of support to students who are not being successful in school, teachers work with reduced class sizes to make personal connections with students. Counselors intensify human connections with these students. Referrals to program and community agencies and small group counseling help students cope with forces interfering with their success in school. Students perceive the SWS program positively, with an average of 88 percent responding favorably in attitude surveys since 1989. Student performance objectives between 1989 and 1992 demonstrate positive growth for SWS students in progress toward graduation and attendance and lower dropout rates. To determine long-term effects, evaluation must be planned to continue beyond grade 10. Cost estimates are provided for expanding program services, including teacher training, and increasing the numbers of students served. Six tables present evaluation findings. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Career Guidance, Class Size, Counseling, Formative Evaluation, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, House Plan, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Program Evaluation, School Restructuring, Student Attitudes, Urban Schools
Department of Information Management, Des Moines Public Schools, 1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309-3399.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Des Moines Public Schools, IA.