ERIC Number: ED435721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
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Collected Evaluations on the WCPSS Alternative School Program for Students with Long-Term Suspensions. Executive Summary. Eye on Evaluation. E&R Report.
Carruthers, William L.
The Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) has provided an alternative school program for students with long-term suspensions since the 1995-96 school year. Since 1996-97, the WCPSS has contracted with a private firm to operate the Richard M. Milburn High School (RMHS), as an alternative learning center. This Executive Summary highlights the major conclusions of collected evaluations of the alternative program over the years. After the first year of the program, voluntary enrollment has been at capacity, indicating that the program is filling a need. The basic skills of many students in this program are well below grade level. Although affective and behavioral interventions can be woven into the core curricula, the emphasis must be on academics. Communications with the regular schools have been shown to be of great importance, and evaluations have shown that students need assistance to make a successful return to the regular school. The RMHS program met four of five student outcome goals that were set for the 1997-98 year, with improvement conspicuous for the end-of-grade, end-of-course writing examinations. It is probable that two of the most important factors in the improvement were hiring a new principal and the improved stability in operations that came with the school's second year. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Wake County Public Schools System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.