ERIC Number: ED452314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
At-Risk Students during the First Year of High School: Navigating Treacherous Waters.
Jordan, Will J.
This study examines the effects of early experiences and behaviors on course failure, grade point average, and educational aspirations, analyzing survey data gathered from 20 high schools participating in a whole-school reform initiative aimed at helping troubled high schools. All of the schools served mainly poor and minority students. Students answered questions about their early high school experiences and outlook on their educational futures. Teachers answered questions about their perceptions of various aspects of the conditions of education in comprehensive high schools. Analysis of the student data indicated that while family background characteristics such as socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and gender played an important role in students' educational success, students' experiences and behaviors in ninth grade (including level of adjustment to high school, teacher support, and participation on interdisciplinary teams) had significantly positive correlations with student outcomes. Conversely, the effects of poor attendance and of being retained in, or prior to, ninth grade were negatively related to students' educational outcomes. An appendix presents study results and data. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).