ERIC Number: ED424259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program Report 1997-98. Publication No. 97.07.
The Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program (JJAEP) of Travis County, Texas, serves students aged 10 to 17 who have been expelled from the Travis County, Luling, and Gonzalez school districts under Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code for serious offenses such as felony drug possession, assault, or weapons possession. The program provides daily instruction and supervision for students placed there. The goals are to provide an effective education program and to help students achieve behavioral and academic improvement. Data for the evaluation reported in this document include participant demographic, academic, and behavioral indicators. In the 1997-98 school year, the JJAEP served 55 students, of whom 61.8% had been referred for discretionary offenses and the remainder for mandatory offenses. The 1997-98 school year was the first in which students could be sent to the program for discretionary offenses. The average attendance rate for JJAEP students during the 1997-98 school year was 79%. Almost one-third of the participants had a special education classification. Although there were average gains on the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test over the school year for participants, most were still in the low performance range, with mandatory students more likely to be in the average performance range than the discretionary students. Few if any conclusions could be drawn from data from the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills, since so many students were exempt from this examination. An examination of discipline data showed that only one student returned to JJAEP, yielding a recidivism rate of 1.8%. Evaluators recommended that a behavioral measure be added to future evaluations to assess students' emotional and behavioral improvement. Other recommendations included facilitating students' returns to their home schools, improving data collection, and following the long-term progress of all JJAEP students. Four appendixes contain excerpts from the Texas Education Code, and tables of JJAEP participant characteristics, academic measures, and behavioral measures. (Contains 16 tables, 6 figures, and 2 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Attendance, Attitude Change, Behavior Rating Scales, Delinquency, Elementary School Students, Expulsion, High Schools, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Juvenile Justice, Nontraditional Education, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Secondary School Students, Special Education, State Legislation, Student Attitudes, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.