ERIC Number: ED376636
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-31
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Educational Outcomes of a Community-Based Full Service School.
Reynolds, Joseph E.
This paper reports the findings of the first annual evaluation of the Full Service Schools Grant of the Family Services Center in Gainesville, Florida. The Family Services Center is a coordinated effort among local, state, and federal agencies to provide integrated health, education, and social services to qualified families who may require a variety of support services. Subjects for the evaluation included 183 students, 27 percent of whom received special education services primarily for specific learning disability or emotional disturbances. A quantitative study examined student academic and behavioral improvement, health status, and level of parental involvement. Overall, academic gains were limited, with minimal changes in absenteeism rates or discipline referrals. Interviews with six participating family members produced five major themes: level of satisfaction, perceptions about staff, benefits of the full service model, difficulties of parenting, and significant changes. Participants described the full service model as successful and supportive. Areas for further program development are indicated. (Contains 16 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Agency Cooperation, Behavior Change, Community Programs, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Health Services, Human Services, Integrated Activities, Models, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Physical Health, Program Evaluation, Social Services
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Florida