ERIC Number: ED433320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Academic Volunteer and Mentor Service Program.
Illig, David C.
This report evaluates the performance of the California Academic Volunteer and Mentor Service Program, addressing an assessment of the impact of mentoring on middle school and high school student achievement, attendance, and behavior. The program's goal is to use volunteer mentors to provide support to children at risk of academic failure and improve educational outcomes and behavior. Data for the assessment came from annual reports on treatment group and comparison group participants (which include grade point average, attendance, and behavior problems); evaluation reports from outside evaluators; and annual reports on various aspects of the programs. Data analysis indicated that academic mentoring may provide benefits for some children. The researchers caution that this weak endorsement should be viewed with caution because there is much work to be done yet in order to draw any conclusions--either positive or negative. The report presents recommendations for consideration in future projects. An appendix presents three tables: summary of regression and T-score data, number of schools for which statistically significant results were found, and school sites with statistically significant grade point average or attendance variables. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance Patterns, Grade Point Average, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Mentors, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Student Behavior, Volunteers
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Library, Sacramento. California Research Bureau.
Identifiers - Location: California