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ERIC Number: ED409627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 22
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Alternative Education for At-Risk Students Performing below Potential: Evaluation of One LEA's Attempt To Provide a Solution.
Haenn, Joseph F.
The Durham Public Schools Communities in Schools (CIS) Academy provides a student-centered environment that encourages high-risk students to remain in school and get back on track for graduation. Program operations began in January 1995. This paper presents the results of an evaluation of the first semester of operations (the second semester of the 1994-95 school year). Thirty-nine students spent the first semester of the 1994-95 school year at their "sending" school and the second semester of that school year at CIS Academy. The Academy met the following three objectives (out of a total of seven): (1) 90 percent of the students would stay in school; (2) 60 percent of the students would improve their grades; and (3) students would increase their attendance by 5 days. The program fell short of meeting its goals for promoting 80 percent of students to the next grade, linking 80 percent of families with community resources, linking 80 percent of students with a tutor or mentor, and procuring the participation of 75 percent of families in two training conferences or home visits. The incidence of student tardiness increased and the number of suspensions decreased. CIS also had little effect on enabling students to pass the North Carolina high school graduation requirements. It is recommended that CIS work more on preparing students and their home schools for their return to regular education and to provide students with followup support. Fourteen figures and five endnotes are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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