ERIC Number: ED378005
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Rural Alaska Secondary Education Study: Executive Summary.
McDowell Group, Juneau, AK.
This report summarizes a study conducted during 1993-94 evaluating rural secondary education in Alaska. The six components of the study included: (1) a survey of boarding school graduates concerning how well their educational experience prepared them for college, trade school, and employment; (2) a telephone survey of 800 rural households assessing the quality of rural education; (3) a two-part review of national research and Alaskan research on rural education, outlining options for improving rural secondary education, and identifying benefits and limitations of the small local high school and residential high school; (4) a study comparing the achievement of rural and urban students at the University of Alaska; (5) interviews with rural high school teachers, superintendents, boarding school personnel, and other stakeholders of rural education; and (6) an analysis identifying the minimum criteria and infrastructure needs for boarding school development and operations. From this research and public hearings, a task force recommended that the state should (1) facilitate the development of educational plans and assessments for rural secondary education at the local level; (2) investigate the feasibility of developing a junior college program at a rural boarding school; (3) facilitate the development of consolidated residential high schools; (4) enhance funding dedicated to public education; and (5) rewrite labor and tenure laws to allow school districts more control in hiring teachers. (LP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alaska Natives, Boarding Schools, College Students, Educational Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Attitudes, Educational Development, Educational Opportunities, Educational Research, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Public Opinion, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, Small Schools, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.
Authoring Institution: McDowell Group, Juneau, AK.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska