ERIC Number: ED438330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Hartford Public High School: Analysis of 1998 & 1999 First Quarter 9th Grade Student Records.
Bruckerhoff, Charles; Bruckerhoff, Theresa; Sheehan, Rob
This paper analyzes the study of the impact of recent changes in the curriculum and enrollment policies on the academic achievement of ninth graders at Hartford Public High School (HPHS), Connecticut. The most notable recent changes include establishment of the Academy for Excellence and Career Exploration for ninth graders and the School-to-Career program. Enrollment in the Academy for Excellence and Career Exploration is required of all ninth graders, who are then grouped into three "houses" to provide ongoing student support. The Academy provides students with individualized attention to support academic achievement and monitor behavior. The School-to-Career program in which students at all grades participate focuses on the promotion of students' career interests, collaborative learning, and technology-based education. The analysis of ninth-grade student records at HPHS for the first reporting period of 1998 and 1999 shows significant differences in favor of the 1999 cohort, with higher mean achievement scores in English, mathematics, and science. Mean scores of ninth graders in 1998 were in the failure range, but those for 1999 ninth graders were in the "average" to "below average" range. It is too early to attribute these improvements to the Academy and School-to-Career programs but it is plausible to assume that this new approach may be an important contributing factor. An appendix contains an analysis of academic achievement data. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Hartford.
Authoring Institution: Curriculum Research and Evaluation, Chaplin, CT.