ERIC Number: ED471297
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
An Evaluation of the Block Schedule in Two High Schools.
Griffin, Leslie L.; Nicholson, James W., Jr.
An evaluation of the 4 x 4 block schedule in effect at Cleveland High School and East Side High School, both in the Cleveland, Mississippi School District was conducted during the 2001 spring semester at the request of the associate superintendent of the school district. Multiple sources of data were identified, and data were collected during the spring 2001 semester. These included archival records on student attendance, dropouts and grades, informal classroom observations, and survey results from 3 administrators, 15 teachers, and 90 students. Grade distributions did not appear to change significantly with the block schedule. The majority of the stakeholders involved in this evaluation favor the block scheduling practice and desire to see it continue. Teachers and administrators generally agreed that the block schedule allows time to cover the curriculum, but there was concern about the scope of the curriculum covered. Administrators thought there were fewer discipline problems with the block schedule, and the absentee rate appeared to have dropped. Findings suggest that dropout rates have decreased to some extent since block scheduling began in 1997-1998. Five appendixes contain detailed information on survey results, grade distributions, suspensions, attendance, and dropouts. (Contains 8 figures and 6 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Chattanooga, TN, November 6-8, 2002).