ERIC Number: ED478362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Good News, Bad News and Actions for Helping Students Complete a Challenging Program of Study. Research Brief.
Bottoms, Gene; Cobbs, Mary
The 1996 "High Schools That Work" Assessment report contains positive and negative findings about the effectiveness of the high school advisement process in guiding career-bound students into challenging academic programs that will equip them for work and postsecondary study. The assessment of reading, mathematics and science performance was given to 12th-graders completing four courses in a vocational concentration at the Southern Regional Education Board's "High Schools That Work" sites. The assessment revealed that simply getting students to develop a four-year plan does not guarantee higher achievement. An effective advisement process enrolls students in "advantaged" academic courses rather than sorting them into low-level classes. Students who complete rigorous academic courses score significantly higher in reading, mathematics and science than those who complete less-demanding courses. This research brief highlights findings of the assessment and provides suggestions for how schools and educators can improve the quality of guidance and advisement practices. (GCP)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Career Guidance, Education Work Relationship, Educational Counseling, Guidance Programs, High Schools, Noncollege Bound Students, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Counseling
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org. For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/publications/briefs/97brief13.asp.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.