ERIC Number: ED441075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Career Academies: Impacts on Students' Engagement and Performance in High School.
Kemple, James J.; Snipes, Jason C.
The career academy approach is one of the oldest and most widely established high school reforms in the U.S., stretching back for more than 30 years. A large-scale, multi-site, random assignment research design was conducted to determine the impact of career academies on student outcomes. Some of the findings of the study include the following: (1) the career academies in the study increased both the level of interpersonal support students experienced and their participation in career awareness and work-based learning activities; (2) the career academies substantially improved high school outcomes among students at high risk of dropping out; (3) among students least likely to drop out, the career academies increased the likelihood of graduating on time; (4) in academies that greatly enhanced interpersonal support from teachers and peers, the dropout rates dropped dramatically; (5) the academies did not improve standardized mathematics and reading test scores; and (6) the impact of the academies and the types of students who participated in them varied greatly from site to site. The study concluded that career academies can be an effective means of reducing the high school dropout rate and enhancing students' engagement with school, especially if they increase personal support of students through involvement with teachers and peers. (Contains 33 references and two appendixes that provide supplementary information about the career academies research study and strategies for creating subgroups of students defined by at-risk characteristics.) (KC)
Descriptors: Career Academies, Career Education, Dropout Prevention, Education Work Relationship, High Schools, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Pupil Personnel Services, School Holding Power, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY. International Urbanization Survey.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; George Gund Foundation, Cleveland, OH.; Richard King Mellon Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; American Express Foundation, New York, NY.; Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY.; Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.; Westinghouse Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; Citigroup Foundation, New York, NY.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; William T. Grant Foundation, Washington, DC. Commission on Youth and America's Future.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards without Reservations
WWC Study Page: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/study/78544
IES Cited: ED493661; ED451259; ED502502