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ERIC Number: ED374384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-23
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Student Assistance Program Implementation and Evaluation.
Dykeman, Cass
Recently, educators have initiated programs to help students address the social and emotional problems which can impair academic performance. This paper reviews current knowledge on one such program called a Student Assistance Program (SAP). SAPs were initially designed to intervene with chemically-dependent high school students, but more recently, SAPs have begun assisting students who are at-risk for academic failure. Two broad organizational models of SAP services exist: the Core Team (CT) model and the Counselor (CN) model. In the CT model, the SAP staff members are organic to the school, whereas with the CN model, key SAP staff members come from outside agencies. Research on SAPs remains sparse and the dearth of quality process evaluations is a pressing concern. Implementation of SAPs should progress logically and include needs assessment, community advisory groups, and comprehensive inservices for school personnel. Schools have reported varying degrees of success for their SAPs; some general improvements for SAPs include awareness programs for parents and students, after-school programs, and referral monitoring. The paper closes with seven suggestions for counselors who are planning or are engaged in SAP work. Contains 22 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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