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ERIC Number: ED437715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 61
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Best Practices for Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs in Texas.
McCreight, Carolyn
This report explores best practices of on- and off-campus disciplinary alternative programs in Texas. It is based on a study in which Texas' alternative-program practices were compared with best practices of alternative programs in the United States. Following a literature review of best alternative program practices, a survey was developed to solicit district and alternative program data, and was mailed to 1,042 school-district superintendents in Texas. The return rate for surveys was 39 percent. Fifteen districts, which reported no alternative programs, were excluded from the study. The remaining 101 on-campus program surveys and 291 off-campus program surveys were then analyzed to reveal best practices of Texas programs. Findings revealed the following best practices of Texas disciplinary alternative programs: (1) use of one-on-one instruction with the teacher (76.5 percent); (2) establishment of individual student goals for program planning (66.8 percent); (3) academic program at each student's functional reading level (60.2 percent); (4) staff development for teachers in conflict resolution (64.5 percent); (5) parent involvement at entrance or exit conferences for the program (76.5 percent); (6) the goal of success in the mainstream program after return to the home campus (73.2 percent); (7) no return trip to the alternative program (67.9 percent); and (8) improved academic achievement (61.5 percent). An appendix contains the Disciplinary Alternative School Program Survey. (Contains 24 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas