ERIC Number: ED422452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Ninth Grade Restructuring Program. Citywide, 1996-97. Executive Summary.
The Ninth Grade Restructuring Program of the Detroit (Michigan) public schools was designed to restructure the ninth grade in ways that improve academic performance, develop positive attitudes toward learning, improve the school environment, reduce the dropout rate, and increase the graduation rate of students. Features of the program were instructional and direct noninstructional services, such as social services, counseling and psychological services, tutoring by student assistants with teacher supervision, and parent participation. This Executive Summary presents citywide findings from the second year study of the program. One of the chief findings is that the rate at which Grade 9 students discontinued their education declined in 1996-97 as it did in 1995-96. Among incoming Grade 9 students, transferring students decreased from 8.82% (1995) to 5.64% (1996) to 3.64% (1997), and students discontinuing their educations decreased from 18.28% (1995) to 11.7% (1996) to 5.14% (1997). A similar trend was found for students repeating courses, with declines across the 3 years for transfers and students discontinuing their education. Among newly promoted Grade 10 students, transfers decreased, but students discontinuing their education increased from 3.18% in 1996 to 3.98% in 1997. The Grade 10 discontinued rates actually increased in only two areas (B and F). The overall slight increase in the percent of Grade 10 students leaving school leads to the conclusion that the Grade 9 Restructuring Program should be continued in Grade 10 and beyond. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Detroit Public Schools, MI. Office of Research, Evaluation, and Testing.
Authoring Institution: Research and Evaluation Specialists, Inc.