ERIC Number: ED428172
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
School-to-Work Urban Opportunities Grant. Year Two: 1996-97. Research Report on an Educational Program.
Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Accountability.
The School-to-Work Urban Opportunities Program represents a 5-year commitment by the Houston Independent School District (HISD) (Texas) and the Houston Community College System to establish a program to facilitate students' development of the skills and abilities necessary to secure meaningful employment. The program involves one high school and its feeder middle school and elementary schools in career awareness and preparation programs. The second year evaluation continued to assess the formation and implementation of the program. The program serves a population of students who are predominantly of minority descent and from low socioeconomic background. Responses to student (n=66) and teacher surveys (n=20) indicated their recognition of the importance of such a program. The academic performance of students in the program schools increased in reading, writing, and mathematics. Employers (n=24) indicated that they generally found program students well prepared in terms of basic skills. Recommendations for program improvement center on better alignment of school-to-work activities and school district initiatives or programs. Appendixes contain the student survey and responses, the teacher survey and responses, the employer survey and responses, and student academic performance data by school. (Contains nine tables and seven references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Research and Accountability.