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ERIC Number: ED401646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 13
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Ninth Grade Repeaters--Why They Did Better in Summer School.
Jones, Helen
A widely held perception is that public schools are failing American children and society. Some research indicates that 9th-graders are more at risk for school failure than are students in other grades. This paper presents findings of a study that examined 9th-graders in the Durham Public School System (North Carolina) who were enrolled in a Basic Education Program (BEP), a summer program required for students who had received a failing grade, in order to gain promotion to 10th grade. The study examined BEP students' academic achievement and surveyed their opinions about their academic performance. Data were collected during the 1992 and 1993 summer sessions from a sample of 438 black students and 120 white students. The data show that students achieved higher scores during each BEP summer session and were promoted to the 10th grade. Students attributed their improved achievement to the shorter school day, the lessened subject load, better attendance, smaller classes, increased classroom participation, and their attitudes toward summer school. The implications are that students must internalize the belief that all students can learn and hold high expectations of themselves; and that educators should address issues of racial and gender equity, reduce class size, and provide alternative approaches to the school day. Three tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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